Moral Courage

[From a teacher in a branch church Sunday School]

The truths taught in the Christian Science Sunday Schools are applicable to every need of the child. Indeed, these truths are a potent spiritual force in helping pupils combat the erroneous suggestions which they encounter in their human activities. Of special and constant help is the inspiration gained through the daily study of the Lesson-Sermon, as outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly.

It came to my attention that certain pupils in the class were contemplating membership in The Mother Church. With the requirements of membership in thought, I recommended that special attention be given the section of the lesson for that week which taught and made clear the importance of moral courage. The following Sunday, in an exchange of experiences before class, a youth told the following incident.

"I am very grateful," said he, "that we were asked to study the lesson carefully and to give special attention to what was taught on the subject of moral courage. A group of friends and I were playing ball in the park. Later all of the boys were smoking cigarettes, and of course they wanted me to join them. The helpful thoughts on moral courage brought out in the Lesson-Sermon, which I had been studying, gave me the strength to resist the temptation to smoke, and I refused to do so. They called me 'chicken,' but I stuck to my guns, and did not give in."

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