“…one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.” (Science and Health, page 387)
We are strengthened by our commitment to goodness. We gain power and comfort and peace as we do good. We can’t be depleted by giving, from an honest heart.
Why is this? It is certainly easy to feel at times that doing for others is draining and overwhelming. But, when we approach any right action from the standpoint of its Source in God’s own Love, we are safe and secure. A “labor of love” that finds one also equally burdened with personal responsibility, fear, doubt, or colored with resentment, is not fully reliant on the Love of God, which is strengthening, progressive, and peaceful.
Listen to your heart and do what it tells you to do. Let divine Love guide you, step-by-step. For a labor of love for another is also an activity with Love—that is, with God and within His Love ourselves. Divine Love is protection and power. We reflect this Love; we don’t carry it as a burden. It is a healing force for others and it lifts us up as well, carries us through, gives us success, energy, clarity, and appreciation.
We cannot suffer for doing loving work. Remember to do these inspired tasks with divine Love—with God’s guidance and His power, as well as His care for and joy in, you! Your work will benefit others and bless you as well!
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