How can I best serve God and mankind in the work I am doing? This is a question that confronts every right-thinking person at some time in his experience. In order to answer this question it is necessary to know what true service is.

Human service is frequently based on what one can get in exchange for his services. True service results from being increasingly conscious of the perfection of God and His idea, man, and is expressed in unselfishness, love, and good works. Service is based primarily on keeping the Ten Commandments and in obeying the Golden Rule.

Christian Science teaches that all men have in reality one Parent, God. The understanding of this truth abolishes envy, strife, and greed, which stem from the false belief that man is material and is limited in the good he may have to enjoy. The understanding of God as our only Mind and Life enables us continually to render true service through the apprehension and utilization of the spiritual ideas which God gives. True serving thus honors God and does good to all men. Mary Baker Eddy makes this statement in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 222): "Mankind will be God-governed in proportion as God's government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience held sacred."

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April 3, 1948

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