Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do Better in School A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do Better in School A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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Do you want to do better? To know that you can do your work, feel good about your performance, get better grades? You can. Someone once said, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt. 5:48, New International Version). Actually, that's a command Jesus gave to the people he was talking to 2,000 years ago. But it's also a promise for you and me today. Doing well in school has to be natural for you - because God made you, in fact, perfect. Let's think about two other Bible statements. God made us in His "image" and "likeness," and also God gave us "dominion" (Gen. 1:26, 27). Now, since you're made this way, you have to be intelligent and have good understanding. Having "dominion" means that you can do what you need to do. School is where you're supposed to be right now, and having dominion from God means that you really can do well - learn and grow and feel successful. Even if things haven't gone so well up to now. Because you are, like God, perfect, you really have to be complete. Even though it seems that you're dependent on the brain, good thoughts really come totally from God. You don't get some thoughts from your material brain and then some from God. God is Mind, and you express God. So, being intelligent is natural. It doesn't matter about an IQ score or the result of some test. God can also be called Spirit. Then it's easier to understand this: "... man is not material; he is spiritual" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. 468). (The word man here means male and female.) If you haven't been doing well in school so far, you can see yourself differently, in the way we've been talking about here. That might be tough when you get to thinking, "I'm not very smart" or "I'm not good at reading long books" or "I don't know how to do those math problems." But if these thoughts come, STOP! Instead, think of yourself the way God would. God might say something like this: "I made you. …

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