[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of November 1-7 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 344 - Helping Youth Cope with Frustration

Questioner: No matter how well-adjusted a high school student is, it's hard many times for him not to feel frustrated when things aren't going particularly well—whether it's the loss of a friendship, disappointing grades, or may be even a poor season in athletics. What can a parent do to help?

Speaker: Well, I think it's very important that first of all we show him that we care, that we're interested, and that we want to encourage him. But I think the thing that helps most of all is giving a student some kind of practical basis for meeting this frustration, for actually overcoming it, not just telling him to learn to live with frustration.

I think that if I had to put it in one word, the help that would be the most practical would be to tell him to cultivate humility—a deeply Christian sense of humility. Sometimes there's misunderstanding really about what this is. As I understand the teaching of Christ Jesus in regard to humility, he saw it as strength. His own life was certainly one of strength, and yet he consistently acknowledged his humble relationship to God as his source.

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Words of Current Interest
November 9, 1968

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