A Gift for All Seasons

It takes more than time or money to practice the special talent of giving. It takes thought—unselfish thought that is lifted above personal comfort and desires to the unselfed longing to help or serve our fellowmen. Such unselfishness is not restricted to helping a chosen few nor is it bounded by occasions or seasons. It is "instant in season, out of season," II Tim. 4:2; a gift for all seasons.

One may say, "I give to my family, friends, employees, my church, charities, and worthwhile activities. Is there something more I need to do?" Yes, there definitely is. All of that giving is fine, generous, and very necessary. But there is a gift that surpasses this type of giving. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, puts it this way: "The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 518: We cultivate this talent as we recognize the basis, or Principle, of all good.

Christian Science reveals this Principle as God, the Giver of all good; God is divine Love itself. Man is the image, or witness, of this divine Principle, Love, the active reflection of the Giver of all good. This image of Love is the true identity of each one, and each one manifests divine Love each moment.

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Divinely Inspired Leadership
December 18, 1976

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