[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of September 18-24 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, Christian Science Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 442 - Maintaining Our Usefulness

[The participants are Florence Ludgate and Rob McKinnon]

McKinnon: Many people today who have led active lives, seeing the world's need, want to continue being as actively useful to others as they can. If they've done a lot already, they want to continue to be useful and make a contribution in some way to those around them. But at times they may feel their health is failing—especially if they've been told that they have a weak heart, for instance—and they feel they have to cut back and take it easy. They're afraid to be too active and so find themselves becoming less involved in the things they'd really like to do.

Ludgate: But the genuine desire to continue to be useful and help others, to make a contribution, is a very significant attitude that can bring renewing, healing, strengthening results. We all know friends and relatives of retirement age who have maintained a genuine interest in others and an awareness of others' needs. They're active mentally and physically. It's that kind of person who expresses soundness and well-being. This actually points to the effect of thought on experience.

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Words of Current Interest
September 26, 1970

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