Giving

In Science and Health we read, "Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us" (p. 79). In this terse and concise sentence Mrs. Eddy has given us a statement of truth which is a safe and sure guide on the question of giving. Many are inclined to be constantly limiting themselves in thought as to their ability to give, since giving has been for so long associated with dollars and cents; but let any one consider this question, even from an entirely human basis, and it is found to be wholly mental. The student of Christian Science knows that infinite Mind is the source of all supply.

If we examine this question more closely, we shall find that there is much which we all can give. The act of giving implies a primary sense of possession, and the understanding of divine Love is our greatest possession. What is more, it is eternal and inexhaustible. On the other hand, the greatest desire of all mankind, whether they are yet aware of it or not, is for love. Can we not, then, do something to help to supply that need? When finite sense would make us believe that we are poor and not able to give, as are some others of whom we think, let us silence this falsity with the truth that we are able to give, and give abundantly, by reflecting God, good, and manifesting the nature of our inexhaustible source of supply. The ever-operative law of divine Love is a law of annihilation to the asserted law of limitation believed in by mortal mind.

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