Right Determination

Goethe once said that the important thing in life is to have a great aim and to possess the aptitude and perseverance to attain it. Such have been the aims and the characteristics of the benefactors of mankind in all ages. In connection with an article in the Cosmopolitan of November, 1907, editorial tribute was paid to Mary Baker Eddy for her "remarkable skill, determination, and energy" in guiding the Christian Science organization (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 273).

Admirable and inspiring indeed is the example of one who pursues useful aims with unfaltering tenacity of purpose. But in human experience, determination sometimes seems to be synonymous with stubbornness. If one has a right motive, however, he will build on a firmer foundation than mere self-will.

The Scriptures assure us, "By strength shall no man prevail," and Christian Science points the way to true and lasting success. It reveals and emphasizes the supremacy of God as omnipotent Spirit, in whom alone all true government, wisdom, and ability reside. It shows the illusory nature of mortal will, and thus enables one to be guided aright in his ambitions and endeavors. Health, security, dominion, and success have been and continue to be the fruits of spiritualized thinking; and there is no mystery about the achievements of spiritually enlightened individuals, remarkable as these achievements may seem to the casual observer.

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Awake, O Dreamer!
March 16, 1940

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