College: Make it a time of fulfillment

Christian Science brings out the truth that no condition is more fixed than our relationship to God. Wherever we go, geographically or mentally, that relationship remains intact. Each of us is His child, with an everlasting purpose and the God-given power to fulfill it. When perceived and put into practice even in a degree, this relationship becomes an unfailing, manifold help to us—a refuge from stress and fear; a healer of sickness, loneliness, and gloom; a source of strength and guidance.

For many, their years at college are an important vestibule, a time of valuable achievement and immense hope. Too often, though, hope seems almost to vanish behind a gray wash of loneliness, depression, and despair. But this doesn't have to happen. Or, if it already seems to be the case, it can be turned around completely and made to give way to progress and fulfillment. Spiritual understanding enables us to throw off depression and maintain a healthy, happy perspective—not a Pollyanna viewpoint but a well-founded trust in good.

The Bible shows us that God is infinite Life, Mind, and Truth and that God is One, indivisible. Therefore Life and Truth are One. Truth cannot become untrue and cease to be; likewise, Life cannot cease and become untrue. Truth and Life are infinite, changeless, and eternal, constituting and comprising all reality. God is also Mind, the supreme source of all being, the creator of man and the universe. Mind imbues all creation with intelligent purpose. Because God is Love, that purpose is good. Because God is Life and Truth, that purpose stands. The Bible depicts God as saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: ... yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it." Isa. 46:10, 11;

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