God Giveth Strength

[Written Especially for Young People]

Mortals need not limit themselves by believing that strength depends upon muscles. Young Christian Scientists may find great joy and comfort along this line in the following revealing statements by Mrs. Eddy (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 199): "Muscles are not self-acting. If mind does not move them, they are motionless. Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges and empowers man through its mandate,—by reason of its demand for and supply of power." The demonstration in everyday life of the preceding statements hinges upon our spiritual perception of the fact that God is the creator of spiritual man, and that He sustains all real life. Realizing this, we can change happily from a belief in man as existing in matter, and being materially strong, to the understanding that Mind gives man spiritual strength eternally.

Participation in sports provides many opportunities for young students in Christian Science to demonstrate the unerring qualities imparted by omnipotent Mind. These qualities can be made manifest in our present experience in greater confidence, strength, and courage, all of which enable us to assert dominion over the body. We find, too, that the suggestions of fatigue, incompetence, discouragement, and their kindred errors, can be destroyed through correct thinking. This correct thinking shows us that God is the source of all strength; that God makes us capable of unceasing right activity. Then if mortal mind tries to claim that there is any absence of this activity, this claim can be demonstrated to be untrue and unreal.

When we assert that God is All, it logically follows that "there is none else beside him." This knowledge gives us dominion over all false arguments of a power apart from infinite divine Mind. Sometimes mortal mind claims that man is a loser, that man can be defeated; but this is untrue. God's idea, man, can lose nothing, for man is the manifestation of God's allness. Mrs. Eddy assures us on page 339 of "Miscellaneous Writings" that "experience is victor, never the vanquished; and out of defeat comes the secret of victory."

The Guest
June 26, 1937

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