Cheerful Giving

Let us give joyfully. If our attitude be joyous, whether the incentive be from duty, necessity, or love, it will bless both the giver and the one who receives. St. Paul said, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

A student of Christian Science early learned that to reflect God she must learn to give; that since God gives all, in her giving she must reflect Him. She also learned that in reality she possessed by reflection all that God gives, but in realizing her possessions she must give of this ever replenishing abundance. This was a joyful lesson in her experience because she found that true happiness consists not in getting but in giving. Tasks which had seemed unbearable were accomplished with less effort than before. But she was yet to learn a deeper and more valuable lesson: that of giving joyfully.

"Look up"
December 23, 1933

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