School Work

[Written Especially for Young People]

If, in testing times, the aid of the ever available and omniscient divine Mind is sought, the student will find the unfailing source of intelligence. Right mental preparedness as understood in Christian Science leads to clear thinking, strength, and assurance during examinations. Undue dependence on others for the accomplishment of daily tasks is not helpful, while lessons learned through dependence on God are strengthening.

Honest work and regularity are necessary for right accomplishment; but still more important is it to know that God is infinite intelligence, forever available through individual reflection. As the use of numbers in mathematics is unlimited, so also is the utilization of God's ideas, which are infinite and always at hand. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, . . . and it shall be given him." Whenever obedience to divine Principle, shown in right motives and right thinking, accompanies this asking, one has the right to prove God's ever present help.

Sometimes, even though a student has prepared his work carefully, it seems as though fear might rob him of his rewards. During a final examination in mathematics someone had just such an experience. At the end of two hours only two out of seven required problems had been solved, and there seemed to be complete confusion regarding the solution of the other five. The professor said a few extra minutes would be given for closing the papers. Instead of working frantically on the problems, the student replaced fear and confusion with quietness and confidence by realizing that divine Mind is the source of intelligence. Not time but clear thought enabled this student to finish the examination with a good mark. Fear can always be cast out by the realization of the ever-presence of divine intelligence and the forever-availability of God's ideas. Fear should never be allowed to rob anyone of the rewards of faithful work.

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Set under Authority
April 1, 1933

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