Defining our goals

At a party I attended, the guests were invited to play a game called "power trip." We were asked to imagine that we could be anyone we wished to be. We could have any name, background, and occupation. One guest pictured herself as the head of a task force of specialists combating hunger, poverty, illiteracy. Other choices ranged from high court justice to deep-sea fisherman.

"Power trip" was harmless fun. But consider this fact in Christian metaphysics: Not one of the countless occupations you could mention compares with your true occupation—to express, in the unique way appointed by God, the limitless attributes of your Father-Mother as His spiritual reflection. And no name you could invent for yourself compares with your true name—the loved of Love.

If we're in a quandary over determining our goals, the reason may be that we're trying petulantly to rearrange the details of a human scenario. This is the wrong course because materiality is characterized by ambiguity and confusion. The right course is to listen prayerfully for divine Mind's guidance. Mind includes all true knowledge and action; it is all-powerful and ever present. Mind's plan for its creation, man, is dominion. Perceiving this, people who lose their way can turn to Mind to guide them to the right path; those wandering in the darkness of materialism can look to Mind to lead them into its everlasting day. Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, writes, "As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear,—as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy,—so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God." Science and Health, p. 566;

Going forward
November 26, 1979

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