College Examinations

[Especially for Young People]

The standard in Christian Science is perfection, and it calls for application in everything one is or does. Man reflects God in every detail—in unrestricted accomplishment, in freedom from error, in breadth and accuracy of knowledge. To rely upon God is to rely upon the one perfect Mind, and there is nothing outside the scope of Mind's knowledge. The government of Mind is also the government of Love. It would be inconsistent for one to fear and become disturbed and confused in facing an orderly activity governed by Love, and purposing to help him. Love gives the right incentive that should impel the college and university student in his every course of study and his every examination period. Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 454): "Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action."

The student of Christian Science may take some college courses simply because the curriculum requires him to do so; but, true to the standard in Christian Science, he must avoid falling into slovenly, confused, and lazy mental habits regarding them. He will find that Christian Science is a powerful aid to efficient study; that it clarifies, quickens, and broadens his thinking; and that it enables him to answer readily, accurately, and with reason the questions that are put to him on examination day.

The examination period, consequently, should be one of giving out joy. An examination is an opportunity to show gratitude to the instructor for what he has done for the student during the term just ending. It is an opportunity for the student to sum up in a practical way what he has learned from the course which in time to come he can use in some manner. Before the examination the student should overcome any suggestion that a certain number of those in the class must fail, and that he is in a competition to see which, of a number of so-called lucky ones, will survive the experience. His motive is good. The thought of good also connotes the thought of doing well. All good is of God. God is infinite, and no limitation is known to Him. There is no competition in good. The good of giving out and of expressing God and His knowledge and power is a happy privilege, available to all.

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"Be still"
December 10, 1932

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