SUCCESS is the desire and aim of every individual, and possible failure often his tormenting fear. The Bible has been read longingly by many who have seemed to taste thebitterness of failure. Yet there is no account in the Bible of the failure of anyone who put his whole trust in God. On the contrary, the entire book may be said to be a record of the success that comes to those who honestly obey God. When Christ Jesus said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on," he reminded his hearers that God is able to feed and clothe man as He does "the lilies of the field."

The word "succeed" is defined in part thus: "To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended." The word "fail" is defined in part as follows: "To be wanting; to fall short; to be or become deficient in any measure or degree." The world has accepted a merely personal element as responsible for success and failure. But the teachings of Christian Science are opposed to this view, since the rules of this Science release one from belief in failure by revealing the truth about the perfection of God and man, and exposing the consequent nonexistence of evil.

April 12, 1930

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