Do You Love to Give?
Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
'The best man or woman is the most unselfed" (Mary Baker Eddy, "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," Pg. 165). To me, this statement deserves a lot of thought.
Once there was a man who was asked "Who is my neighbour?" And he answered with a story: A man was wounded by thieves. Two apparently noble people passed by him as he lay dying. Then a rather unlikely person - one who nevertheless had true compassion - stopped and helped the man. He even paid for his future care. "Go, and do thou likewise," that storyteller, Jesus Christ, told the inquirer (see Luke 10:29-37).
An important point to me is that this parable doesn't say to be concerned about how much you give, for fear you won't have enough for yourself. Why? Because the source of good is God, and in doing good we cannot be deprived of good ourselves.
Here are three distinct ways that this kind Samaritan gave to his neighbor: First, he had and showed compassion. Second, he gave up his time to help. Third, he gave his own money to pay for this man's care. Such loving, generous acts have their basis in God. They involve living a life that expresses God's nature as Love itself. When we express unselfishness and generosity to others, we are expressing God; we are seeing and showing in our actions that He has made us in His loving nature. And we can trust that we will always have enough love to be able to do this, because God is infinite Love, the very source of our being. We need not be fearful about giving - about expressing the love of God. The textbook of Christian Science explains that "giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Pg. 79).