"The recipe for beauty"

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

Assembled in a Christian Science Sunday School, an enthusiastic class of high school girls was openly admiring the exquisite beauty of one of the group. How to win away those covetous eyes was the teacher's momentary perplexity. Instead of beginning immediately with the Lesson-Sermon for the week, she surprised the class by asking, "Girls, this morning how would you like a beauty treatment?"

This provocative question was at once challenged. "Can Christian Science make my eyes blue?" flippantly inquired one. "I should like to be a redhead!" said another. But they were reminded that the question had been, How would you like a beauty treatment? Interest was high as each student eagerly revealed her aspiration for the loveliness and charm which seemed to belong only to a chosen few.

The teacher asked, "Does the color of eyes, texture of hair, or shape of the face constitute real beauty?" All agreed that human standards of beauty were subject to diverse opinions. This point conceded, they further admitted that the divine "beauty of holiness" or goodness was invariable, indestructible, and incomparable. God's advice to Samuel was recalled (I Sam. 16:7): "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

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Beauty Is Unfading Good
February 15, 1947

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