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SPIRITUAL GROWTH

"Earth's preparatory school"

It's possible to look forward to life's lessons— even the more demanding ones.

From the September 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A little friend of mine, starting school for the first time, confided to me, "I can hardly wait until tomorrow. I want to go to sleep quickly, so I can wake up, and then it will be the first day of school! "

For many, waking each morning with this kind of expectation may seem more of a challenge than a delight. But as we realize more of our God-given joy and freedom, depending on God rather than on human age or circumstances, we can see the possibilities of daily spiritual awakening. And we look forward to each day's lessons in what Mary Baker Eddy calls "earth's preparatory school."

She writes, "Earth's preparatory school must be improved to the utmost."  Science and Health, p. 48 This school is not a physical institution, which opens in the morning when we begin our day; nor does it close its doors at night when we retire for our normal rest. Its structure is mental. It might be described as our constant opportunities for spiritual growth presented each moment in the life we are living now. These opportunities, embraced, lead us to see that our real life has its source in eternal, omniactive Life, God.

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