"Our own great opportunities"

[Written Especially for Young People]

The secret of progress in Christian Science is to make use of our opportunities; and there is no better time to begin than today. Those who are standing at the threshold of a career may sometimes cry, If only I could have the opportunities other young people have, how much I should be able to accomplish! The trouble here is that such individuals are looking too far afield for opportunity, when all the time this much-desired friend is close at hand.

"Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and responsibilities?" asks our beloved Leader in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 176). Where then is opportunity to gain good? It is where difficulty lurks, where temptation urges its claims, where God's demands may be heard and obeyed. Great men and women have attained the mental heights of goodness by availing themselves of the opportunities afforded them in their own circumstances and environment, in their problems, in their battles with self, with the weaknesses common to mankind.

February 24, 1934

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