Unsportsmanlike attitude yields to unity and brotherhood...

The state championship swim meet of my junior year in high school gave me an opportunity to apply the truths of Christian Science to a problem that I had faced the whole swimming season. I needed to understand the true meaning of victory and competition. It gave my teammates—also Christian Scientists—a chance to prove God's complete control, guidance, and power too.

During the swim meets throughout the season I was happy after an event only if my time was good. If I swam a slow race, I would get down on myself and everybody around me. This attitude only hurt my performance and my teammates' too because we wouldn't be concentrating on our events.

After one particularly bad meet I was so upset that I quit the team. My coach was loving and supportive, and we discussed the situation. He pointed out the wrongness of my reasoning, and together we talked openly about God and worked on correcting my thought. Afterward I left feeling much calmer, and I decided to remain on the team after all.

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Testimony of Healing
Recurring skin complaint healed
June 23, 1980

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