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Published on Apr 10, 2016
In theaters November 2016!
[Written Especially for Young People]
On Being Different
From the February 13, 1932 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
No one knew better than our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, what it meant to stand alone for the right; and she tells us that in certain cases she has given this wise advice (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 236), “Take no counsel of a mortal, even though it be your best friend; but be guided by God alone.” Again, on page 245 of the same volume she says, “It is a thing to be thankful for that one can walk alone the straight and narrow way; that, in the words of Wendell Phillips, ‘one with God is a majority.'” What a clarion call to each of us to do his own clear thinking!
The king of Babylon once planned to choose the most promising from among his Hebew captives, have them trained and fed with rich food for three years, and then give them positions in his court. To many of the young men this may have seemed an opportunity for a welcome period of luxury, and a change to win the king’s favor. But Daniel and three of his friends thought otherwise. When the eunuch in charge of the chosen youths brought them the rich food and wine that was provided, they requested to have instead a simple fare, and asked that a ten-day trial of their plan be made. At the end of that time the eunuch in charge, doubtless much surprised, found them “fairer and fatter in flesh” than those who had enjoyed the king’s meat.
Even though it seemed to endanger their whole future, these young Hebrews had dared to be different. Reading further in their story, we find that “as for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom.” When the young candidates for royal honors appeared before the king, there were none found like these four, and they proved “ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in his realm.”
The young Christian Scientists of to-day may well dare to be different, for they will find that this courage brings with it a wider field of service and a rightful sense of dominion. This very difference will bring to them a new dignity, and a larger ability to do their share in the work of the world.