Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Time for a New Agenda? Taking a Spiritual Look at Events and Issues of Special Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Time for a New Agenda? Taking a Spiritual Look at Events and Issues of Special Interest to Young People

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It's true that most people believe the year begins in January, but I know it really begins in September. I live in an American college town, and September is when students return from summer vacation, bright-eyed and energetic. There's a wonderful sense of getting a fresh start. I can't help feeling a surge of energy myself, a yearning to tackle new projects and break new ground.

The beginning of September and the beginning of a new year aren't really different from other days. Yet it's a good idea to have a time to pause and take stock of where we've been and where we're going. Do we need new resolutions, a new agenda? I think we do, and I'd like to propose a spiritual agenda. You may feel you already have enough to do -- selecting courses and choosing extracurricular activities -- but a spiritual agenda can be the most important part of anyone's life.

My first suggestion is that you spend time learning about God. He is the supreme creator, the architect and builder of the universe. He governs and preserves His creation, including you yourself. For me, a book by Mary Baker Eddy has cast a great deal of light on what the Bible teaches about God. Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science, and her primary book is titled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The chapter called "Recapitulation" opens with three questions and answers about the nature of God (pp. 465-466), and then on page 587 we find this spiritual definition: "God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." If this strikes you as abstract, keep in mind that God is your Redeemer and healer. He is with you, every step of the way, during the difficult days -- even days when your ideals and your worthwhile goals seem out of reach. Item number 2 on my agenda is to learn about Christ Jesus. He has been called "the master Christian" and "the great Metaphysician." Jesus was anointed by God to be the Saviour of mankind. He is the Exemplar and Teacher. His teachings, found in the four Gospels, are unparalleled, and so are his healings, which conquered sin, sickness, and death. …

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