Our True Standard

[Written Especially for Young People]

IN human life we have standards by which to gauge the relative value of all material things. In Christian Science, the Science of Mind, we have the one and only standard by which to classify thoughts and acts; and that standard is the truth, as taught and lived by Christ Jesus.

It is related that a young man attending college was visited by his parents. On entering his room the mother was shocked to find the walls covered by vivid and sensational pictures. However, she did not betray her disappointment, but afterwards sent to the boy a beautiful painting of Jesus. On a second visit the mother was delighted to find the painting hanging on the wall. All other pictures had been removed. After expressing her satisfaction and interest she asked her son why he had removed the other pictures. "Mother," the boy replied earnestly, "they just wouldn't go with him!" The earnest contemplation of the Christcharacter had enabled this young man courageously to set aside false standards of thought and hold before his thinking the ideal model for human life.

Fear of being classed as religious often keeps us from boldly departing from harmful social customs. Many of us at heart are not in sympathy with worldly standards of living, yet are seemingly unable to subdue pride and fear sufficiently to act upon our convictions. And it is here that Christian Science comes to our rescue. Mrs. Eddy, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," has lovingly and patiently portrayed to us the great beauty and reality of holiness, as lived by Jesus; and as we hold before our gaze the practical, spiritual truth of being, the false world-standards, which he rejected, gradually lose their attractiveness and are replaced with true, divine ideals.

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Love is Calling Me
November 12, 1932

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