Man's Place in God's Plan

[Written Especially for Young People]

The world presents a gloomy picture when viewed through the distorting lens of material sense. Fortunate is he who, through some knowledge of the truth as revealed in Christian Science, is able to see the unreality of this distressing picture, and not only to glimpse something of the perfect, God-governed universe, but to begin here and now to bring into harmony with God's government and perfect spiritual law his present human experience.

The young person of today who is going forth to find his place in the world is confronted by a situation that is discouraging even to buoyant youthful hopes. From childhood he has heard the world crying for peace and finds it preparing for war. He sees poverty and unemployment among many classes, ripened abilities in the discard, and the thrifty and improvident united in depression.

In truth, man's place in God's plan is already established. In the Science of being there is no competition, no misplacement. In its relationship to divine Principle each idea is essential, and one idea could no more usurp the place or function of another than could numbers in mathematics. Sometimes among large groups of people, pushing and elbowing cause discomfort to all and gain nothing for anybody, while the manifestation of courtesy and order would benefit all. The pushing and elbowing so much in evidence in the affairs of mankind indicate spiritual ignorance. As the Christian Scientist separates his thought from these futile struggles, regardless of the beliefs of those with whom he may be associated, or how general the competition may be, and aligns it with God, divine Principle, he brings his affairs under the government of God's law of spiritual harmony, and always, in the place where he is, he can both receive and give great good.

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To the Christian Science Practitioner
January 18, 1936

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