The power of the goal

I know whence I came, and whither I go. John 8:14. —Christ Jesus.

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. Science and Health, p. 426. —Mary Baker Eddy.

A friend who was seeing us off on a backpacking trip decided to walk partway with us. Within two hundred yards, even before the end of the first switchback, we were all panting, and she gave up and turned back. We had a very desirable goal, but she had none, and therefore no reason to continue the hard work. We were hiking to five remote mountain camps in a spectacularly beautiful wilderness area. At the end of our long climb, we would have cold lemonade, hot showers, a wonderful dinner, and real beds with clean sheets and warm blankets.

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Magnify His mirth
September 27, 1982

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