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Should you quit school?

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Thinking of quitting school? It can be a disturbing decision. I know. I went through it myself. There are often times when teen-agers in school begin to feel stifled. Their individual importance seems blunted in the midst of classroom routine. For some , growing anguish results. Only one measure appears sure to bring relief: quit school.

To leave off secondary education before completing it in order to do something different -- get a full-time job, perhaps -- would not necessarily be wrong. What might be wrong, however, is the reasoning behind the step.

Just about every young person nowadays who has reached the secondary level of education is aware of how much that training can mean -- aware that, in general, in our modern, complex society, it's an advantage for people to finish school. High-school graduates frequently go on to specialized vocational study, college, or on-the-job training.

But the pressure persists, patience seems thin, and you want action now. So you quit. What exactly are the consequences?

To find out, let's start with God; after all, He is the creator of everyone and everything. The Bible reminds us that the universe and man are God's completem reflection. Is there anything you or I could ever do to alter that expression, even slightly?

In many passages throughout the Bible, God is referred to as the "rock," but that figure of speech does not mean He is hard and cold.Mary Baker Eddy n1 gives this expansive definition of our creator: "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." n2 There is certainly nothing hard about all-caring Love, nothing boring in infinite Life, no inessential ideas in divine Mind. It's true that as Principle, God is unchanging, unmodifiable good. But this fact, instead of being stifling, can actually help free us to express and experience all the good we naturally have in our real identity as God's infinite manifestation, His wholly spiritual man.

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