[Of Special Interest to Young People]

A Group of friends who were students in a Christian Science Sunday School were discussing careers. The question was asked, "What is our true aim in life, and what are we trying to accomplish?" One said that his real aim was to learn more about Truth. Another told of his desire to help make the world a better place. The discussion brought out that the first step toward a successful career is to decide what true success is. Then all efforts can be directed toward reaching this goal. The conclusion was that, although each may play a different part in life, the underlying motive of a Christian Scientist is to live Christian Science.

It has been said, "Beware of what you want, for you will get it." Our basic purpose affects every thought and act. We tend to move in the direction of our prevailing thoughts, just as trees in windy places bend to the prevailing winds. If our aim and thoughts point Godward, then everything that we do will move in this direction, and we shall be successful.

When working out problems, students of Christian Science are accustomed to turn to the Bible and to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. So it is natural to look to these books also for counsel in selecting the type of work to follow. In the textbook our Leader uses the word career almost entirely to refer to the life of Christ Jesus. She speaks of his career as glorious, sinless, sacred, and crowned with success. The Master plainly stated his purpose (John 18:37): "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." Can a follower of his do any less? Mrs. Eddy states (Science and Health, p. 326): "The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement."

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December 20, 1952

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