"The problem of being"

[Written Especially for Young People]

"What are you going to do when you grow up?" is a question often asked of small children. Later, "What are you going to do when you finish school?" In the first instance a child usually replies readily that he will be a policeman, a banker, a teacher, a lawyer, a nurse—after the occupation of whomever he may happen to admire for the time being, and such a reply occasions only amusement. But the latter question often brings serious concern; for, while some are so definitely talented that there is no doubt as to what their future will be, by far a greater number of young people are somewhat at a loss to choose the vocation by which they may be most successful and happy.

The spiritual universe, already established and eternally governed by the beneficent law of divine Love, can know only harmonious adjustment, yet Mary Baker Eddy, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," writes (pp. 261, 262), "Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being." It must be, then, that the student's problem is simply to bring his own concepts into accord with God's perfect work, already complete—to express such Godlike qualities, right where he is, that he will be guided naturally to the next progressive step.

A hymn in the Christian Science Hymanal (No. 16), begins,

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