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"The great attainment"
It may be said that in varying degrees mankind is generally striving to attain some goal. With some individuals this effort is more marked than with others, but most persons are in some way aspiring to a desired end. The means used towards this goal may vary with each individual, according to the attainment desired, but whatever the goal and whatever the means, the view is usually held that there is a certain limit to which one can aspire, having reached which he will then no longer need to strive for further accomplishment. On the other hand, some may believe that they have already reached the limit of their possibilities, and that life has nothing more to offer, either because they have achieved what they consider to be the top as regards human success, or because they feel they are too old to advance farther in the line of human progress.
In this connection it is instructive to ponder the words of our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, on page 428 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear,—this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true." Study of this passage shows that the true attainment, the sweeping away of the false and giving place to the true, is a process of revelation—revelation of limitless and eternally unfolding good—and that it is the only means whereby to gain the complete victory over evil.
In considering this great attainment, divesting "thought of false trusts," we may ask, What are the false trusts with which mankind is commonly faced? Among them are trust in money, trust in a human sense of those whom we call our friends, trust in human personality or trust in what seem to be ability, international and national conditions. Do we claim that without money we can do nothing, thus trusting in money to give us what we need? Christian Science enables us to divest thought of trust in matter by teaching us that Mind is the source of supply, and in the calm realization of this fact we find an inexhaustible supply of spiritual ideas with which to meet our needs.
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The Way of Life
"The sacrifice of thanksgiving"
MARJORIE N. BUFFUM
"The great attainment"
NOEL D. BRYAN-JONES
Faith in Good
ANNE R. KINMAN
LEE DARE YOUNG
The Morning Watch
ELLA M. KINSLEY
Fidelity to Christian Science Brings Great Rewards
D. MURIEL SAVARY
"Come and see"
FLORENCE L. MAGERS
The Value and Availability of Joy
"The utmost parts of the earth"
Evelyn F. Heywood
with contributions from Ezra W. Palmer, The Christian Science Board of Directors
Our inspired Leader, Mary Baker Eddy,...
Frances E. Anderberg
It is well over fifty years since I...
When I first came to Christian Science...
Twenty-nine years ago I took...
Edith J. Monteith
When our baby was about four...
I have been an active member...
Lois M. Bruneau
I had been bedfast for three...
Mazie Ella Mayes
In gratitude for the many blessings...
Ozro H. Key with contributions from Anita O. Key
A Childlike Thought
BERTHA IRENE BYRD
Signs of the Times
with contributions from William T. Ellis, Armand Bass, Roy L. Smith, Charles R. Tyner, Drennan