"Fitness wins"

[Written Especially for Young People]

"Fitness wins." This was the title given to a series of photographs which a student of Christian Science saw one morning when looking over a daily newspaper. The pictures portrayed various ways in which young people were encouraged to seek physical fitness; and as she glanced at them, her heart was filled with gratitude for Christian Science and its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, whose writings have clearly taught us the one sure way by which to seek and find health, happiness, and success.

How simple are the truths of this Science, which shows us that it is consistent right thinking, rather than the exercise we take, or the effect of the sun's rays upon us, that determines the state of our general well-being and prospects for progress! Young people who faithfully study and endeavor wholeheartedly to practice Christian Science, do not feel that they are deprived of something essential to their health when days of rain or snow keep them indoors. They know that a clear, intelligent realization of God's presence and all-power, together with the joyous expression of Godlike qualities in thought and action, is the greatest insurance against sickness, fatigue, overwork, or lack of work.

In I John 5:21 we read these words: "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." How necessary is obedience to this wise and loving admonition when the suggestion presents itself that sun-bathing or abnormal exercise is the best method of gaining or retaining health! Legitimate sport is both interesting and useful, since it encourages co-operation, alertness, justice, honesty, and order. But in itself it cannot produce one iota of permanent health or success. Neither can mere physical exercise usurp in the least degree the might and power of divine Love, God, who alone bestows freedom, harmony, health, and joy on all His children. True health, then, depends entirely upon the activity of spiritual thinking. This thinking acknowledges the supremacy of Love, the omnipresence of Mind, and the actuality of all that is pure and good. No belief in imperfection or lack of any sort, either about ourselves or about others, is permitted by those who are busy thinking aright. Strength, spontaneity, and intelligence are increasingly expressed as right mental activity increases.

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September 9, 1939

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