Perfection the Goal

Jesus said, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." He was not an idle talker and was not in the habit of saying anything to induce his followers to attempt the impossible. How often do we hear the expression, "I did the best I could," and how often do we realize that it is offered in justification of poor work, slip-shod methods, and failure. Can we as Christian Scientists truthfully say that we have done the best we could until we have done all? Can we say that we have done our best until all sickness is healed, all sin forsaken? Do not let us fall back on this excuse of the lazy, this solace of the inefficient, this watchword of the mentally dishonest. There is a better way,—the way of holiness, the way of perfectness, the way of God. Let us not be discouraged if we do not at first reach our ideal, rather let us be quickened by the example of those who have accomplished much, those who have made success but a stepping-stone to higher achievement, and failure a stimulus to more earnest endeavor.


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Look Aloft!
August 7, 1902

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