Highly Important Things

The highly important things in life demand special and careful attention—alert, vigilant, and positive thinking—and rightly so. To be of importance is to be of significance, of distinction or concern; to be of high importance is to be of exalted significance.

Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says, "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important." She adds that "it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases' (Psalm 103:3)" (Church Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 24). This statement is so clear and definite that there is no mistaking the point and meaning. "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important," because it "illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases.' "

We have many striking examples in the Bible which bring out the weight or influence of this highly important matter, the giving of testimony. David, for example, was constantly praising God, "who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases," testifying of God's goodness to him. He knew that thanking God was highly important, and apparently he never missed an opportunity to voice his thanks. Again, he praises God for His goodness when he declares: "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God." David was lifted from the horrible pit of depression, discouragement, worry, and fear, and freed from the miry clay of human lies and false beliefs. As his thought was lifted up, his feet were set upon the rock, Christ, Truth; his goings, his way, his direction in spiritual truth were established, and this put a new song in his mouth, "even praise unto our God."

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August 19, 1939

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