[Written Especially for Young People]

By some of us examinations are viewed with apprehension, and as they draw nearer it may be that we timorously wonder whether we shall succeed or fail. Christian Science enables us to deal effectively with these mental suggestions by displacing doubt and fear with confidence and trust in God's help, which is always available for every honest effort.

The first step in solving this problem is to think correctly about it, to take a right mental attitude and get a right view of the purpose of an examination, and then to eliminate any discordant thoughts about it. To start with, it is erroneous to consider an examination as an ordeal or an infliction, for it is surely neither of these. Such a view induces fear, the element which most needs to be kept out of thought. An examination is only a stepping-stone in one's progress to higher attainment, an honest investigation of knowledge that shows the student where he is mentally standing. Hence the student should welcome this opportunity afforded for the orderly unfolding and further advancement of his education. Would it not, for instance, be absurd for any student to begin the study of algebra before he has mastered the simpler mathematics leading up to this study?

Therefore the Christian Scientist recognizes that honest and conscientious labor in mastering each subject is an indispensable human procedure. Also he knows that with the knowledge of God which Christian Science unfolds he can overcome and destroy the false beliefs of fear, doubt, apathy, a sense of inferiority, and other evils that may besiege him and try to prevent worthy and just attainment.

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"Grace for to-day"*
January 14, 1933

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