Good Times

[Written Especially for Young People]

To have a good time often seems to be the main objective of a young person, and in the true sense this is quite legitimate and right. It is therefore helpful to give some consideration to just what a good time is. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 259) our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has reminded us that "mere merry-making," as she called it, "is not that in which human capacities find the most appropriate and proper exercise." From this we may infer that continuous excitement or time-killing amusement, or constant human companionship without regard to mutual helpfulness, does not constitute really good times.

Our Master and Way-shower enjoyed periods of quiet communion with his Father-Mother God, and his presence at the marriage feast, where he performed the first miracle recorded in the New Testament, assures us that he lived in simple, happy intercourse with his friends and neighbors, as do also the records of the friendly walks and talks with his closer associates among the chosen twelve disciples. He kept his thinking so assuredly at one with the divine Principle of being that he maintained serene poise and joy. He must have been happy, for he was always giving of his store of unselfed love and wisdom. And this must have afforded a good time—an assurance of present good—to all who came to him.

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