The history of religion as we know it shows that there is no room for complacency in the mind of one who is truly inspired by God. The Scriptures tell of the tireless efforts of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and other prophets in their various missions of establishing and holding up the standard of true worship, regardless of the suffering this entailed. Christ Jesus labored ceaselessly, teaching, preaching, and healing in order to prove for all time the truth of perfect God and perfect man. The early Christians, particularly Paul, displayed zeal in carrying to the world the good news of man's immortal life in Spirit. One contemplates their efforts with reverence.

There was no taint of complacency in the thought of our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, who set a standard of undiminishing consecration for her followers in their continuation of her mission of bringing the Science of Life to all men. Because she saw so clearly the true objective of life—to prove the supremacy of God and the perfection of man —she was filled with zeal. Like her predecessors, she was intent upon destroying all error that would enslave mankind.

God was asserting His ever-presence, defining His nature, revealing His law to the receptive hearts of these outstanding religionists. To them Spirit became a tangible, compelling, living power. They felt a presence greater than their human personalities, and they let this presence possess them and use them to show others the glory of God. They did not diminish their selfless efforts as time went on. And neither should we diminish ours.

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September 20, 1958

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