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Never Too Busy to Express Love

From the January 31, 1976 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

"God rests in action," Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 519; writes Mary Baker Eddy. Man, the expression of God, also rests in action. As a reflection in a mirror effortlessly follows the actions of its original, so man effortlessly follows the actions of God, his divine Principle and creator. Many of the world's troubles, individual and social, arise from people having a sense of being too busy to do the right thing, too pressured. The quickest relief from this sense and from its troublesome results comes from our understanding God as all-acting and man as the effortless reflection of this divine activity.

"Trouble not the Master," Luke 8:49; said a messenger with news of death. But that is exactly what Christ Jesus wanted people to do, to trouble him, if by this is meant calling on him in their need. He went at once and restored the dead one to life and health.

One of the most gracious characteristics of Jesus we observe in the gospel record was his readiness to give instant and complete attention to those who came to him. In the countryside, by the seashore, in the market, he made whoever needed him, man, woman, and child, feel they were the very people he most wanted to speak with at that moment. Even his critics received full attention.

The earliest recorded utterance of Jesus was at the age of twelve when he said to his parents: "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" 2:49; Because he was always about his Father's business, because he was always expressing his divine Principle, Love, he was never too busy to express loving interest to all.

"Keep yourselves busy with divine Love," The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 252; Mrs. Eddy once told a group of Christian Scientists. If we keep ourselves "busy with divine Love," we will know the source of our activity and we will rest in action. Then we will not find ourselves too busy to meet generously all proper demands on us.

Much juvenile crime today, and perhaps much general crime, is ascribed to parents feeling themselves too busy to extend loving attention to their young people. Educators at all levels are charged with similar neglect. So are those employers who do not care sufficiently for their work force. Yet Jesus, who had only three years to perform his world-changing mission, found time even for little children who were brought to him. When his disciples rebuked those who brought them, it was on the disciples that Jesus turned his displeasure.

We need to be very wary of any suggestion that we are too busy to do something that may be right for us to do. A suggestion in our own thought: perhaps from a sense of self-importance or of self-pity, telling us we are always being imposed on. Or a suggestion from a well-intentioned friend or a less well-intentioned flatterer who sows in our thought that popular phrase "your busy schedule." When we are "busy with divine Love," when we are about our Father's business of reflecting Him, no suggestion of a busy schedule can deflect us from doing what Love requires us to do.

The suggestion of being too busy comes not only in our private lives. It suggests to us as citizens that we cannot keep ourselves well-enough informed to vote thoughtfully in elections or support helpful and just legislation. Mrs. Eddy had no passive role in thought for Christian Scientists, even those most usefully employed. She writes: "The right teacher of Christian Science lives the truth he teaches. Preeminent among men, he virtually stands at the head of all sanitary, civil, moral, and religious reform." Retrospection and Introspection, p. 70. And, of course, the most important duty we can perform for our community is to pray for it, scientifically and persistently. Mrs. Eddy provided a daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, which by its worldwide news can help the prayers of Christian Scientists and others to be well informed and intelligently directed.

In the story of the good Samaritan Jesus does not explain why the priest and the Levite let the wounded man lie and passed by on the other side. Maybe it was fear of ritual defilement which would need to be cleansed before they could resume service in the temple. Anyway, Jesus left us to learn from the story what lessons each of us could and might need. So it is helpful to identify and reject some of the excuses that might tempt us to act like the ones who passed by.

We might be fearful and say, "I won't get involved." Or indifferent and say, "It's nothing to do with me. People are getting robbed all the time." Or believing we are too busy, perhaps with higher things, we might say, "Poor man. I wish I'd time to help. But someone else will be along soon with nothing better to do." However lofty we may feel our business, even that it is our Father's business, high among our Father's requirements of us is that we be not too busy to show care and compassion for our neighbor in distress.

How can we meet all the demands on us? By keeping "busy with divine Love." In proportion as we keep God, divine Love, first in our thought, we find how best to act with love and consideration to all. And reflecting Him, we rest in action.

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