[Written Especially for Young People]

Young Christian Scientists, awakening to the great importance of experience when taking their place in the world's affairs, might happily start with the great saying of the Master, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Mere human knowledge is not sufficient. The deep spiritual significance of all things has yet to be grasped. "The kingdom of God is within you," said Jesus; and in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 590), Mrs. Eddy defines the "kingdom of heaven" in part as "the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind."

One's experience is in a sense the awakening of the individual from a mortal sense of things to the revelation of eternal realities—to divine Life. A great sense of transformed thought should be the possession of an experienced person. It might include the attaining of health for sickness, active business conditions for world depression, love and understanding in place of discord and hate, certainly the substitution of right thinking for mortal concepts all along the line. These should be the fruits of experience. The Christian Scientist knows that, in the proportion that he is relying on and manifesting divine Mind, he is bringing out right mental qualities, establishing the kingdom of God in his own consciousness, and thereby becoming an experienced and helpful witness to the power of Truth. In reality this is the only experience there is.

"Progress," says our Leader (ibid., p. 296), "is born of experience." Two definitions of "experience" may help us to realize where we stand as regards experience. One dictionary definition of "experience" is "spiritual exercise of mind;" and another is "thorough trial of." The one who day by day is making a thorough trial of, and proving and getting to know by use, some of the truths set forth in Christian Science is gaining "in spiritual exercise of mind," and is becoming experienced.

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Love's Dear Command
October 7, 1933

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