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[Written Especially for Young People]
WHAT is success? This is a question often discussed; but the world in general finds it difficult to give a definite answer. The reason for differences of opinion on the subject is that people hold very diverse ideas as to what constitutes success. For instance, the phrase "a successful business man" is usually employed to describe one who has gained great material possessions. Yet it is noteworthy that often these riches do not bring happiness; indeed, the reverse is sometimes the case. If a man loses his happiness in the process of acquiring wealth, he cannot be called successful.
As students of Christian Science, we are privileged to turn to the teachings of the Master, Christ Jesus, for our lead on this and every other question. His life and words have influenced the world more than anything else ever did; therefore, we can rightly say that he was "a successful man." His success sprang from the fact that in all things he expressed his Father, God. He claimed no power of his own. "I do nothing of myself," he said to the Jews; but because of divine direction he had dominion over all things. Here is success in its highest and holiest form; and this success is ours, too, in the proportion that we reflect God.
When the taxgatherers demanded money from Peter, Jesus told him to go and collect it from a fish's mouth. When the storm arose threateningly, Jesus commanded it to cease. He healed every case of disease brought to him; he raised the dead, and arose triumphant from his own grave. Here is a record of complete success; but there is no record that he had wealth as the world understands it.
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Earth's Busy Season
PETER V. ROSS
"Behold, he prayeth"
KATE E. ANDREAE
"Am I my brother's keeper?"
CHARLOTTE RUTH DECKER
"What is truth?"
L. HUBER UNGLESBY
In God's Sight
THOMAS LOVATT WILLIAMS
AMY G. VIAU
"Miscellaneous Writings" by Mary Baker Eddy Questions, Answers, and Literary Friendships
ALBERT F. GILMORE
In Thy Vineyard
DOROTHEA STURDIVANT FAGAN
The Testimony Meeting
GEORGE SHAW COOK
with contributions from Augusta C. Von Hafen, Paul A. Harsch
Christian Science is our greatest blessing, and I am grateful...
Elizabeth W. Usherwood
As a child I suffered severely from boils....
John G. Wentworth
I have studied Christian Science for about seven years,...
Glenn E. Person
It is with much gratitude that I give this testimony,...
Grace E. Sabin
With sincere gratitude for all the healings and blessings...
Emma Sanders with contributions from S. Leroy Sanders
That God is a very present help in time of trouble I can...
Florence D. Watson
Christian Science was presented to me when my husband...
Verna Nichalson Kone
I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the many...
Carl F. Andrews with contributions from Lyle C. Andrews
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Fred A. Line, Henry Geerlings, John Oppliger