"Let no man despise thy youth"

[Written Especially for Young People]

Sometimes young people are tempted to believe that by reason of their youthfulness they are at a disadvantage in several respects, such as in establishing themselves in business or in other departments of experience. This, however, is a fallacy that need not deceive anyone. Christian Science shows that the immaturity which mortal belief attaches to youth is unknown to Spirit, God, whereas freshness and spontaneity, which characterize youth, are forever perfectly expressed in the man of God's creating. These spiritual qualities belong to all God's children, unlimited by false beliefs of age and limitation. St. Paul once wrote to Timothy, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."

Therefore, all can remove the hindrances or false beliefs often associated with youth, such as carelessness, incompetence, lack of wisdom or application, absorption in self and trivialities, a false sense of values, and a fondness for the false attractions of materiality. These errors cease to deceive those who are faithfully striving to know their true identity, in the likeness of God, and to reject and avoid the various arguments that they are subject to immaturity and limitation. Spontaneity, vigor, simplicity, innocence, directness, and receptivity are among the eternal, timeless attributes of spiritual existence, and, when understood, they are continuously expressed in experience. To claim these qualities because they are imparted by God, is the joyous, freedom-bestowing opportunity of every Christian Scientist. The utilization of these spiritual facts brings a greater freedom for accomplishment and success, while furnishing needed discipline for character building.

"While he blessed"
November 29, 1941

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