Joyous Progress

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

Examinations, though necessarily part of one's school career, are sometimes regarded with dread—the fear of possible failure. This fear, like every other difficulty in the way of progress, is destroyed, and replaced by a sense of joyous attainment and confidence, when we view the whole subject in the light of Christian Science and reverse every erroneous suggestion with the understanding of scientific facts.

Success in examinations demands the ability to grasp ideas, to retain them, and to express them. First, new thoughts or rules are usually conveyed through teachers and books, but are useful only in so far as they are understood and applied to the subjects or problems on hand. To resolve this human process into the spiritual, we may turn to Mary Baker Eddy's statement in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 307). "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies." The realization that man expresses intelligence, receives good without hindrance from the heart of Love, and manifests not dullness or slowness, but joy and freedom, enables us to receive easily and joyously from our lessons just what we need.

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