The True Adventure

[Written Especially for Young People]

Adventure which has always interested the youthful thought is not beyond the reach of the average young person. The voyage of living is a glorious adventure, and the home port towards which we are bound may be called dominion. Our quest involves the discovery of our true characteristics and the confirmation of our true identity. Our care in selecting reliable charts and our skill in using them ensure the safety of our expedition and the realization of our quest. Because the revealed truth of the Bible, as explained by Christian Science, is provable here and now, it affords young people a reliable compass by which to steer their mental craft away from the conflicting thought-currents of the present day.

The innumerable thoughts which are continually being presented to one's consciousness are either rejected or translated into words and deeds. Thought based upon material, human theory is unreliable because it identifies conduct and experience with the unreal. In contrast, Christian Science reveals the realm of reality to be the realm of spiritual right thinking. Advancing from the changeless perfection and allness of God, Mind, thought arrives at the unstainable perfection of God's image, the true man or true selfhood. As the discovery is made that true selfhood is Godlike, and therefore expresses spiritual qualities and aspirations, one's conduct and experience become identified with limitless good. The realm of reality thus offers a vast opportunity for exploration little dreamed of by those who think in terms of the trivial, the commonplace, the petty, the material.

The alert helmsman consults his compass and steers his ship away from unsafe seas. Knowing that human vagaries do not equip him with a knowledge of Life, the young Scientist will also apply his knowledge of Truth to detect the counterfeit in human contacts. Guided by Christian Science, he cannot be misled into accepting sensual indulgence as broad-minded; pseudodaring as courage; familiarity as friendship; coarseness as candor; mere popularity as genuine respect, or spectacular wrongdoing as heroic. The recognition of the naturalness of good leads us to the Christ, and identifies true selfhood as the heir to Godlike qualities which we have admired and longed to make our own.

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The Will of God
November 16, 1935

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