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[Written Especially for Young People]
Contests may be said to begin in human experience as soon as a child becomes consciously active, for as he learns to reach farther for a toy or to take a longer step than before, in that degree he has bettered his previous performance. A contest does not necessarily imply competition with others. It deals with existing records and the intent to bring out a more advanced expression in any particular line of endeavor. There are many types of contests to engage our interest—in education, athletics, politics, art, research, or invention—but the same lessons may be applied in each case.
A lesson unfolds as we learn to examine our motives regarding the activity before us. Questions like these may present themselves: Why do I long to accomplish this feat? or, Why does the gaining of this special thing seem so important? Searching inquiries such as these often uncover surprising things in our thinking. Of course, everyone desires to be successful in his undertakings, but not all have the right sense of ambition. If we interpret ambition as a worthy eagerness to accomplish something good and, therefore, truly great, such an incentive would certainly never be selfish, for good blesses all. Indeed, ambition of this sort is both proper and legitimate, for it is the response in human consciousness to the divine demand for perfection, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
The original meaning of the verb "contest" was to be a witness. If our primary aim, therefore, in any line of endeavor, is to bear witness, that is, to express more clearly than ever before the infinitely good qualities of the divine Mind, our motive is really to glorify God. As sunlight streams through a clean windowpane, so through a motive like this the light of inspiration may readily shine into our consciousness.
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LOUISE KNIGHT WHEATLEY COOK
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ROBERT DICKINSON NORTON
FRANCES LESLIE HARRIS
Independence and Dependence
GRAHAM CAMERON LYTLE
ALICE DAVIS SHELMIRE
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The Hon. C. Augustus Norwood, Committee on Publication for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts,
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Mrs. Isabel Hillier, Committee on Publication for Cape Province, South Africa,
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Merrill M. Hutchinson, Committee on Publication for the State of Georgia,
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B. Tatham Woodhead, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
Our Heritage of Good
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Faye Hanford
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Edward F. Schuerer
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Sylph Yarnton Mills
With a grateful heart I shall now endeavor to fulfill a...
Mary E. Topping
As I am one of the many thousands who have been...
Harry M. Childs with contributions from Elma G. Childs
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his...
I am most grateful for what Christian Science has done...
Maude Goodwin Jokerst
NORA L. BROWN
Signs of the Times
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