The great teacher and apostle, St. Paul, gave us the remedy for present-day pressures of fear and disease when he said, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."Phil. 3:13, 14;
By listening for God's voice, the student of Christian Science can turn away from past errors, lift his thought upward, and press persistently on to gain an understanding of the true facts of being. He knows that he cannot look forward and backward at the same time. He cannot stand still. Therefore he must refuse to look back. He must persist in looking forward. He can gain his dominion over error only as he is willing to press toward the demonstration of spiritual facts. Christian Science teaches that the man of God's creating, made in His image and likeness, does not live in a changing, rushing world of pressure but that he lives in the universe of God's creating, which is peaceful, harmonious, and filled with ever fresh opportunities for glorifying Him.
Christ Jesus realized that his students often needed encouragement in order to practice what he taught. He explained to them that they should recognize the value of persistence, and said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed."John 8:31;