Improving "earth's preparatory school"

[Written Especially for Young People]

In schools and in colleges the world over, the main thought of every student who really desires to advance is to do all he can honorably do to gain high marks and to pass his grade. On page 486 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "Earth's preparatory school must be improved to the utmost." Without doubt, Christ Jesus' life and work for mankind stand as the most perfect example of what it means to improve "earth's preparatory school" to the utmost.

In "earth's preparatory school," obstacles present themselves which must be met and overcome before the student can march ahead. Mortal mind gives them names, but by whatever name they are called, the first step in the overcoming of them is to realize that God, the all-knowing Mind, knows nothing about them. It is a beautiful truth to ponder: God knows nothing about error. He made everything that was made, and found it "very good." All right ideas are His, since He is the only creator. No wrong idea, then, ever was created. If we connect this statement of spiritual fact with what we know in Christian Science to be the truth, namely, that the real man is the idea of God, the expression of His infinite perfection and wisdom, we shall realize that as we reflect Mind we too can know nothing of these erroneous obstacles as real hindrances. They, therefore, must be the unreal, untrue concoctions of mortal mind. When they are recognized as such—as nothing—they can be promptly and completely overcome. The divine Principle of right is beautiful in its simplicity.

The Oil of Joy
October 20, 1934

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