Be a pioneer!

Picture yourself going ashore from the Niña, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria alongside Columbus. A white heron wings against the sky over you and flies into a deep green forest where no one you know has ever been before.

Or imagine yourself traveling west in a covered wagon, as my great-grandmother did. Many people now live happily in the desert. But the pioneers had to come first. It wasn't always easy being a pioneer. It took courage, but the rewards of freedom and a fresh start in life were great. People found new lives.

Christ Jesus was a pioneer, too, in the most important way. He led the whole world in finding good, which is God. And Mary Baker Eddy, who followed him, was the pioneer in Christian Science. We call her its Discoverer. On the first page of her book, Science and Health, she writes, "It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite." Science and Health, p. vii; She was talking about something more than clearing the land of boulders or trees. We can explore with her the way to new discoveries of what God is. "Jesus marked out the way," ibid., p. 227; she also says. Following his trail blazes, we find ourselves in a land of joy and harmony, the kingdom of God that Jesus said is "within you." Luke 17:21.

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February 25, 1980

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