No Bear on His Back

[For young adults]

"Let us lay aside every weight,... and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Hebr. 12:1; These words in Hebrews apply to all of us, but they have a special message for an athlete.

What are some weights a runner must lay aside? Tension, doubt, laziness, belief in physical limitation. They are as heavy to a runner as a bear on his back. These weights that would slow us up or wear us down often seem a natural part of us, impossible to lay aside. But with the help of the teachings of Christ Jesus and of Christian Science they can be laid aside.

Christ Jesus said: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest....For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt. 11:28,30; And Christian Science shows us that man is truly the image and likeness of God, Spirit; that man is spiritual, not material; inexhaustible, not limited; perfect, not imperfect. In the light of this truth of God and man we see that tension and doubt are not natural. They are lies about man, and they can be laid aside as error. But how?

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