Healing the Fear of inadequacy

[For young adults]

Perhaps the most nagging fear that comes to a student's thought is that his qualifications for college work, as well as his preparation for examinations, have been inadequate. This serpentlike thought might say the student has come from a poor high school or one not geared to high academic excellence. It might say that he is not ready to take an exam, that more hours of study are needed.

Although these fears sometimes scream, the Christian Scientist never really should stand in awe of them. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal." Science and Health, p. 563; As the great Christian and student Paul once told the early Christians, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13;

While taking an examination in my major field, I was forced, due to unusual circumstances, to go only partly prepared into an exam covering many professional journal articles placed on reserve reading in the library. Many of the articles had been misplaced, there was little time left, and I was not able to find them.

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The Fallacy of Old Age
March 29, 1969

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