A Straight Course

[Written Especially for Young People]

MARY BAKER EDDY makes this direct statement in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 268): "The Christian Scientist keeps straight to the course." The student who recognizes this, and acts accordingly, will always succeed. He is consistent and alert to every opportunity for service. He listens to God's commands and goes forward in humility and love. He rejoices in the beauty of God's universe. With a heart overflowing with gratitude, he realizes that he is inseparable from divine Love's infinitude of good, of right ideas. There is no retrograde step for the one who keeps a straight course.

The young student may be tempted to seek an easier way, perhaps to follow person instead of Principle. But such bypaths only lead into the wilderness of false beliefs, which sooner or later must be left behind. Should one have unpleasant experiences, or stumble in the way, it only means that he must rise up, putting out thoughts of condemnation and self-pity, and press on in his realization and demonstration of Truth.

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