Breaking smoking's chain

A while back, I was a pupil at a small business college, taking some courses in computer programming. In class, I noticed a disturbing phenomenon: everyone including instructors chain-smoked so much that the air inside the classroom was opaque. In fact, when a computer repairman was occasionally called in during class, even he chain-smoked. When I protested, various classmates and teachers would respond by deliberately puffing smoke right into my face.

It became clear that this so-called business college was in fact a fly-by-night operation. I felt impelled to quit in favor of a more recognized scholastic environment. Soon thereafter the entire operation quietly folded. But not before one classmate thanked me for having taken my stand for God, Principle. As it turned out, my protest had given her the strength to quit smoking, in the face of a class full of chain-smokers. We both therefore had something to rejoice about, and to thank God for.

Science and Health states, "The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ's way is the only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness" (p. 458).

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Knowing how to act
August 11, 1997

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