Follow Your Leader

[Written Especially for Young People]

Jesus, the greatest friend and helper of mankind, said to one of his disciples, "Follow thou me"; and the beloved Leader of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902 (p. 4), "Follow your Leader, only so far as she follows Christ." One definition of "leader" is "one who is voluntarily followed, because of ability to guide or control, or is a choice of a party."

The first requisite of leadership is obedience in accepting the necessary training; and the requisite of the happy follower is obedience to commands. Those young men and women who are willingly courteous, respectful, and obedient to their parents, their instructors and guides are the ones chosen for positions of responsibility as leaders of their groups. Their training counts much. His unfaltering obedience to the demands of divine Mind accounted for Jesus' leadership; and Mrs. Eddy, through her vision, consecration, and courage, has followed his example. From childhood she was trained to follow the guidance of God; this she had to learn to do before she could lead others.

The boy patrol, selected because of his qualifications to lead a group of small children across a busy street, must receive their implicit confidence as representing the law. Those children who obediently follow their leader are safe, while disobedience or willfulness may incur danger. The need for true obedience is stated in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 183), where it is written: "Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power."

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