"Lack of time"

At stated times new boards of directors are elected in our churches, new committees formed, and members of the churches are appointed or elected to serve in the several positions and branches of the work; therefore it is right and also our duty to hold ourselves ready when called upon, and willing always to do what we can, either as members or officers. Christian Science organizations are growing rapidly in every part of the world, and not only does the church work require our metaphysical support, but as students of Christian Science we have need of that spiritual broadening and uplifting which we receive when we enter into active service.

"Lack of time" is an argument of error which might be voiced by some of us, if we are not ready to refute it and ever watchful to "stand porter at the door of thought" (Science and Health, p. 392); but divine Love will never allow us to think that we have been asked to do something beyond our power, for we know that "with God all things are possible," and that we, as children of God, know no limitation. We must know, too, that God rules us, and when we are needed in some branch of the church work, if we realize that divine Mind is governing us, we will find it possible to perform lovingly any act which will aid in uplifting mankind to a better and grander understanding of Truth.

"The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest." These words of our Master may be applied very appropriately to the present conditions in our steadily increasing churches, and fortunately there are requirements enough which make it possible for all to have the opportunity of taking some active part in this harvesting. It has been the experience of those who have had the privilege of holding office in the church, whether elective or appointive, that they themselves have received greater blessings than were anticipated, and they have become richer and stronger in the knowledge and spirit of Christian Science. After becoming actively engaged in the church work, many mortal and material activities which before had been thought important, and which were taking up valuable time, were in several instances found to be non-essentials, and those fundamental truths which are spiritual and eternal have been brought to view, making it possible to demonstrate higher proofs of the Christ-power.

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March 13, 1915

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