[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of June 14-20 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You. Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 324 - Do you Feel Appreciated?

[The Christian Science speaker is Harvey W. Wood, a Christian Science teacher and practitioner. The questioner is Theodore Clapp, a guidance counselor who is not a member of the Christian Science church.]

Announcer: Everybody likes to feel appreciated. Even a smile or a brief word of encouragement can mean a great deal. But often, when somebody's giving his all to his job or his family, he feels that his efforts aren't being acknowledged.
Questioner: Feeling unappreciated is hard for anybody—whether the individual is a returning serviceman, a busy housewife, or a hardworking employee. Being unappreciated is a form of being hurt. And some of these hurts can go pretty deep.
Speaker: I think that it's undoubtedly a real problem for many of us. But we need to be honest with ourselves. Sometimes what we label lack of appreciation is actually self-pity or ingratitude of our own. It's our reaction to others that causes hurt feelings. So the need is to get a broader perspective of our own worth.

Now, the Bible can open the door to what life is really all about. It can give a new meaning to our lives and a more reliable basis for evaluating our own worth and that of others.

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Words of Current Interest
June 22, 1968

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