FROM THE Directors

"More grease to your elbows"

In letter after letter, Nigerian listeners to shortwave news and Herald Broadcasting have encouraged our hardworking staff to keep up the good work. Their phrase is "More grease to your elbows," a sentiment not unfamiliar to students of Christian Science, whose Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, "... they who love a good work or good workers are themselves workers who appreciate a life, and labor to awake the slumbering capability of man" (Message to The Mother Church for 1900, p. 3).

Since the global teleconference The Mother Church had with members on December 8, 1984, the rededication "to live for all mankind" became a searchlight for those who began to see themselves, as well as others, in a new light. What some have recognized is a dangerous tendency to live safely away from the world at the cost of losing relevance to the world.

Today, Christian Science practice, publishing, and lecturing have a new urgency: to care deeply about mankind without becoming "of" the world; and to have a willingness to be "in" the world as servants, as foot washers to a tired humanity.

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