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Under the marginal topic "Our footsteps heavenward," Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 426): "The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress."

What is the high goal to be kept foremost in our thoughts? Truly it is the establishment of God's kingdom in the heart of mankind—the full understanding of the Father-Mother God and the brotherhood of man, the demonstration of eternal Life. This high goal is clearly held before our view in our association meetings. Attending these meetings each year, in accordance with Mrs. Eddy's directions in the Manual of The Mother Church (see Art. XXVI, Sect. 6), students of Christian Science receive a clearer, fuller vision of "the high goal" and go forth to find during the ensuing months "the path less difficult."

The members of an association, assembled in their meeting, should exercise their right to be on the mount of revelation. Here the vision of the new heaven and the new earth is opened in glorious splendor. In this renewal of the high intents and motives of Christian living, whatever of selfish aims or desires has been obscuring the students' goal drops away, and they can appreciate in further degree what their beloved Leader means when she writes (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 136): "The eternal and infinite, already brought to your earnest consideration, so grow upon my vision that I cannot feel justified in turning aside for one hour from contemplation of them and of the faith unfeigned."

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Putting First Things First
April 25, 1942

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