Opportunities for spiritual growth

No human life is entirely devoid of problems. Even Christ Jesus, the best of all men, was beset by hostility and attempts to end his mission. His mastering of these problems is part of the example he has set for all of us. The earliest Christians certainly did not find their lives to be always easy. Paul, for example, encountered many difficulties during his ministry, and he overcame each of them. See II Cor. 11:24–27 .

Christian Scientists, like others, find problems arising from time to time. Occasionally these may occur even when they think they have been studying and living Christian Science to the very best of their ability. In cases like this I have found it helpful to look at a difficult situation not as a "problem" in the negative sense of that word, but as an opportunity to show what I have learned of God and His goodness—an occasion similar to the tests we were given in school as part of our lessons. It's a time for me to find out whether or not I have understood what I have been studying.

The light that illumines our lives
June 24, 1985

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