Expressing God or impressing people?

Have you ever thought of approaching exams from this standpoint: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"?II Tim. 2:15; Many students associate exam time with deep anxiety, a lot of fear, and tense competition. It doesn't have to be that way. Preparing for and taking exams can be a time of peace—even happiness and real accomplishment. The Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings clearly show man's indissoluble unity with God. The realization that man is God's reflection, His cherished child, gives us a heritage of dominion over all rightful activity—whether that activity includes schoolwork, completing business transactions, or running a home and raising a family.

Anyone can claim divine authority over all he does by turning to God, asking and listening for His ever-present guidance and direction. When prayer is humble and sincere, step-by-step answers to each and every problem emerge. Mrs. Eddy states, "When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone,—but more grace, obedience, and love."Miscellaneous Writings, p. 127; True humility—the acknowledgement that divine Mind is the only Mind—brings true dominion.

May 7, 1979

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