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[Written Especially for Young People]
On Being Different
In studying the Bible, we find several statements that the chosen of God are a "peculiar people." We read the command, "Come out from among them, and be ye separate," and the admonition to keep ourselves "unspotted from the world." To the young Christian Scientist, this counsel might seem to indicate that the study of Christian Science will in some way set him apart from his associates, and he perhaps wonders whether it might not require him to give up his interest in sports and his pleasant human relationships with his friends.
As he attends a Christian Science Sunday School and subsequently continues his study of Christian Science, he will find that he need not give up any of his wholesome pleasures or his congenial friends. Instead, he will enter with a new zest into the genuinely good times that come his way. He will widen his circle of friends, and in this human intercourse will both give and gain more than ever before.
He will find, too, that as a Christian Scientist he does have both a reason and an opportunity for being fundamentally different from many others. To some, being different implies a certain conspicuous unlikeness to accepted standards, attracting unpleasant attention and perhaps an amused smile; and in this view embarrassment and discomfort are found. But to the young person who is trying to show forth in his daily life the teachings of Christian Science this difference is no hardship, but a cause for rejoicing. As he progresses spiritually, it becomes more clearly manifest; and it is an asset and even an actual distinction.
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CAROLINE V. LANGWORTHY
Words versus Ideas
HERBERT E. RIEKE
"And he put them all out"
AGNES MAC MILLAN
JOHN ERSKINE GRANT SANDFORD
That "which was lost"
WILL H. RICHMOND
GRACE CORLEY SUTTON
On Finding One's Place
DELLA M. WHITNEY
On Being Different
J. LILIAN VANDEVERE
SARAH H. COLLINSON
In reply to "Oliver Twist" and "E. M.," writing in your...
Charles W. J. Tennant, District Manager of Committees on Publication for Great Britain and Ireland,
In establishing the Christian Science movement, Mrs. Eddy...
Lester B. McCoun, former Committee on Publication for the State of Nebraska,
The article entitled "Mrs. Eddy's Power Sources" published...
Ernest L. Buchanan, Committee on Publication for the Province of Manitoba, Canada,
Thou Leadest Me
FLORA B. BENNETT
The Providence of God
Girded with Omnipotence
Violet Ker Seymer
From the Directors
The Christian Science Board of Directors
with contributions from Mary Andrews Sefton, Mary E. Toole
Christian Science has been our only physician for three...
Edward Arthur Schoppe
Great joy and gratitude come to the mother who brings...
Ruth H. Estabrooks
Christian Science came to me at a time when I was in...
M. Arline Waters
All my life I had searched for beauty, but always in...
I came to Christian Science to find God, and not for...
Emma Mary Wood
Gratitude to Christian Science prompts me to relate the...
Martin Isler with contributions from Selected, Rosamunde Isler
Signs of the Times
with contributions from William Lawrence, Smedley D. Butler, J. Canfield Van Doren, Floyd W. Tomkins, Sanford E. Bell, J. Herbert Smity