THE MASTER'S SERVICE

If Christian Science had helped me only by giving me a new and true idea of the word "service," I should be deeply grateful for that alone. Having studied Christian Science for about a year and a half, I was filled with the desire to do something great for the Master, to devote my life to the service of God in some way apart from the common round of every-day life. I wanted to grow rapidly, forgetting that all real growth is gradual; that things of rapid growth are apt to be short-lived; while a slow unfolding and growth, as that of the sturdy oaktree, means strength and beauty. So I had my lesson to learn.

As I sat reading the Bible one evening, these words, "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, ... for ye serve the Lord Christ," stood out before me in letters of fire. "Whatsoever ye do,"—nothing great or wonderful, but "whatsoever ye do,"—even to the right performance of household duties, the routine of daily business life, giving a kind word or a smile, the "cup of cold water" for Christ's sake. What could be a more lowly task than the one our Master performed when he washed the feet of his disciples? He was ever doing the Father's will, serving God. "I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me," "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant." We are apt to forget that it is the little things which count. The drops of water make the mighty ocean, the little brooks the wide river, the slender saplings the forest; and it is just in the position we are that we can best serve the Master. No matter how uncongenial the task may seem, we should seek to know, as some one has written, that

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