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From the March 1911 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Gertrude Ring Homans

IN this country there are thousands of young men standing on die threshold of their career, seeing the need of an advanced education, but without the means of acquiring it. Too often the result is that ambition is thrown to the winds, or its flames allowed to smolder and die through tear, ignorance, or lethargy. A few years ago I was standing on that threshold, yearning for a legal education, but without the necessary funds. But as a Christian Scientist I had learned that "perfect love casteth out fear;" that ignorance cannot dominate him who reflects infinite wisdom, and that there is no lethargy in the infinite Mind whose ideas express constant, harmonious, and eternal action.

I had saved about five hundred dollars from my earnings of several years, and with this amount, plus my understanding of Christian Science, which gave me a childlike confidence that the means of attaining what I considered a right end would be provided, I enrolled for a three-years course in a law school of one of our large cities. At the end of the first six months, tuition, books, and living expenses had nearly exhausted my bank account, and there were yet three months left of this term, besides two more terms to come. From a material view-point it was utterly impossible for me to see any solution of the financial problem. The school work consumed a great deal of time and broke into the day so much that I could not even think of a thing that could be done in the little time I had to spare.

All at once it dawned upon me that I was merely trusting — drifting along in a sort of lazy hope — and not working to realize and know the now of supply, the actual hereness of a constant, inviolable law of supply to every idea of God. So I buckled down to work, and, like every one else who works consistently and confidently, I experienced results — actual results — from a source wholly unexpected, from utter strangers to me, and in the line of my pursuits. It was a position in a law firm of the best standing, which did not interfere materially with my class work, and which enabled me to meet every financial need.. I was compelled to make good use of my understanding of Christian Science to overcome a sense of limitation as to time, as it seemed I was pressed for study hours; but this was met, as I finished the course "cum laude."