[Written Especially for Young People]


ONE of the purposes of our modern school system is to give us experiences that will help us in earning our livelihood. Of these experiences one that may seem to have little or no value is an examination. A little reflection, however, will show that examinations are really very valuable. It is true that experiences under the name of examinations will usually be rather far apart after leaving school, but nevertheless there will be daily examinations. Daily it will be necessary for us to demonstrate our ability to reason, and our knowledge, to those with whom we are working. Thus it is of great importance that we get the most good possible out of these preliminary school examinations.

How can we get the most good possible from these experiences? There is one way, and that is to make them opportunities for putting into practice the divine law we have already become acquainted with through our study of Christian Science. Many specific directions for our guidance in preparing for an examination can be found with the aid of the Concordances to the Bible and the writings of our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. What finer instructions could be desired, for instance, than those given in Proverbs: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." The word "all" in these directions catches one's attention at once. Trusting God with all one's heart is actively declaring and realizing with all one's might that God is Mind, infinite and ever present. Leaning not on our own understanding is equivalent to realizing that as God's beloved children we do reflect the one infinite, ever present Mind.

The reflecting of the one Mind can be carried to the extent needed in each instance, as it was by Jesus when he taught in the temple, so that "the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" Demonstrating wisdom through the reflection of the divine Mind was by no means an uncommon occurrence in Bible times. Through this Mind, Joseph was able to interpret the Egyptian king's dream, and also to guide harmoniously the affairs of the whole kingdom. When Moses was brought before Pharaoh, and also during the many trying times encountered on the journey of the children of Israel out of the wilderness, he demonstrated that God's man is always directed by the divine Mind. Daniel, likewise, possessed wisdom through the same means.

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God's Little Ones
April 30, 1932

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