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Lifting the Burden of Apathy

How do we free ourselves from apathy? How dull and unrewarding our life can become when we carry the burden of selfishness, being conscious only of our own wants, needs, and fears. There is no long-lasting fun or excitement in our pursuit of merely satisfying our own desires. Apathy is self-centeredness, a refusal to share what we have received so liberally, although the Bible reminds us, "Freely ye have received, freely give." Matt. 10:8;

We may already know how walking across town to visit a lonely friend, delivering a box of homemade cookies, or most of all, spending an hour of prayerful metaphysical work for the world invigorates and refreshes our whole outlook. The increasing feeling of God's love and our increasing willingness to express this love to others bring us closer to the true source of energy. Mrs. Eddy writes: "To-day my soul can only sing and soar. An increasing sense of God's love, omnipresence, and omnipotence enfolds me. Each day I know Him nearer, love Him more, and humbly pray to serve Him better." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 174;

We know God better as we know our real selves as God's children by constantly disciplining our thought, taking in only what we know comes from God, refusing to accept any other concepts. Since God is All, what He does not know is error, and we should reject it.

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Afraid to Let Go?
March 6, 1976

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