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How does one balance the desire to serve God with the desire to develop one’s own abilities?

From the July 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This exchange was originally posted in the comments section of and has been adapted for the print Journal.

Q: How does one balance the deep Christian requirement and desire to serve God and one’s fellow man in purest unselfishness with the desire to develop one’s own possibilities, abilities, and interests? When I was a child, I was told I was selfish and have spent much of my life striving to place unselfishness and unselfed service at the top of my priorities. This has led to a love-filled and satisfying life, but I still feel there is more I have not explored of myself.

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