THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

TO help maintain the courage and strength which she often needed, a student of Christian Science sometimes cut the religious article from The Christian Science Monitor and slipped it into her purse in order that she might study it in free moments during the business day. One morning, as she picked up a clipping, she happened to turn to the other side of the paper, and there was part of a sports article headlined "This Is Stuff of Champions." The article began by saying that trainers of athletes know that "it is impossible to give a true estimate of any athlete until he or she has shown his mettle in hard going." It went on to say that in the world of sports there are many "picture athletes," who look as if they have what it takes, but who cannot hold up in actual competition.

Pondering these statements according to the teachings of Christian Science, the student earnestly prayed that she might have the making of a spiritual champion, one who could steadfastly maintain the facts of being and challenge each lie of mortality as it appeared in her experience. Certainly I do not want to be a picture champion, she thought, one who has much of the letter, but little of the Spirit. Thereafter, when suggestions of inability, timidity, defeatism, and false attractions clamored for admission to her consciousness, she was able joy-fully to say: "I am in strict training. I cannot leave my schedule of right thinking by giving reality to the false beliefs of the carnal mind. I am in training for the championship of the Cause of Christ."

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