Literature Distribution—Constructive Giving

WHEN a student of Christian Science begins to experience, even in a small degree, the blessings which come from studying the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings, subscribing to the Christian Science periodicals and reading them, his gratitude for this healing truth, already kindled, is likely to be fanned into more active expression. It is altogether natural that this quickened sense of gratitude should find expression in a desire to give. In an equally natural way this desire might reasonably be expected to lead him into the activity of giving to others the periodicals which have brought into his own life messages of comfort and true Christian healing.

Organized literature distribution work has developed from these natural springs, this activity as it is carried on today being the outgrowth and overflow of grateful hearts, chastened, warmed, and healed. The urge to give our literature to those in need comes not from any selfish motive; it is an expression of love. Motivated as it is by unselfed love, the wise distribution of literature proves a potent factor in the functioning of "that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick," referred to by our Leader in her definition of "Church" on page 583 of Science and Health.

The desire to serve gives to the Christian Science movement the great army of consecrated men and women known throughout the Field as literature distribution workers. Every individual Christian Scientist who has touched the hem of Christ's robe has by this very fact yielded in some degree his selfish interest, and selfless interest leads one naturally into some helpful activity.

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True Humility
April 18, 1936

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