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A Christian Science article for kids.

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You're walking through the hallway at school, and a kid knocks his pack against you. Even though it seems accidental, you know it wasn't, because he's picked on you before. Do you react and give him a shove? Or do you just shrug your shoulders and walk on? Sometimes it's good to stand up for your rights, but there can also be times when refusing to react will be the better idea.

Sometimes you may be inclined to react to a family member's behavior. For example, a girl was being driven to distraction by her brother. He was always making some personal comment about her appearance, and he didn't stop with just one insult. He went on until she reacted. He thought it was very funny to see her come apart. More and more, she began to feel that he was helping her to make a fool of herself, but at first she didn't know what to do about it.

Her father began to insist that both of them read the Bible Lesson in the "Christian Science Quarterly," and as she faithfully did this, she found a particularly helpful statement from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." This book was written by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper. The statement was: "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction" (pp. 427-428).

To her, this statement meant that God didn't create or cause any of those conditions, and particularly meaningful to her was that He didn't cause "reaction." This was really encouraging. She loved God, and since God hadn't sent the insults, she realized that she didn't need to react – to be angered by her brother. And that's true for anyone. When you're tempted to be angry and react, you can turn to God and ask Him to help.


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