Many of us struggle—to do well, be better, and find more harmony and peace. This struggle represents what is in each one of us: an innate love for good that we all have and are striving to reach in our own way. Regardless of the mistakes we’ve made, the number of wrong turns in our decisions, or even if we consciously took spiteful steps toward others — we are never shut off from good.
If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.253
How to improve? Just add water
When we’re striving to do better, or if we know we need a course correction, it’s never too late to improve ourselves and get back on track. If you had a plant and it was drying out and looking droopy, it doesn’t mean it’s dead, nor does it mean you’re awful at gardening. Rather, plants can bounce back to life with a little tender care. Like plants, our thoughts need tender and merciful care by pouring in love to our thoughts, like you would add water to a plant’s soil. These are “tender mercies” which strengthen our spiritual growth while improving our understanding of how God made us—good, holy, pure.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Foster your innate love for good
Fostering your innate love for good is a means by which we reflect divine Love, God. But to understand that God is Love, we need to be loving. Putting God’s love into practice is what Jesus showed us—that loving our neighbors and ourselves is how we find harmony, peace, health, and safety. His example shows it’s imperative that we love ourselves. Loving yourself, despite your mistakes and tumbles, is a form of foster care. God already loves us. God loves us always! But we need to love ourselves and take care of ourselves, just as God does for us. Through God’s power we’re given dominion to make better decisions and have moral courage to walk over the waves of mortal temptations and distractions.
For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
Loving yourself means living! It means you’re loving the goodness that is actually who you are and putting it into action—living in the harmonious now. Doing so is how we can each nurture a deeper love for good by learning to also love yourself. This process of loving good more and taking steps to develop the good in your life means you’re letting go of the past and old ways of making decisions.
This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.265:10