Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Job Hunting? Here's a Tip from a Spider

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Job Hunting? Here's a Tip from a Spider

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A Christian Science perspective.

Years ago, while going through a divorce, I needed to find a job. I felt apprehensive and unsure of myself as I hadn't worked outside the home for years and didn't think I had any valuable skills.

However, a delightful story guided me in my job hunt. As I recall it, one day a spider in a clock shop crawled into the back of a clock that was open for repairs. After the clock was fixed and closed up, the spider had no way to escape. So it did what it could and knew how to do best - it spun a web. The web interfered with the workings of the clock, so the clock had to be opened again. The spider was then free to crawl out.

Rather than do something, that spider could have just sat in the clock, stuck in a very narrow world. In my job search, I felt so stuck. But I kept in mind that there had to be something I could do, something that would be as normal and as natural as web-spinning is to a spider.

Sometimes when job hunting, we look over the positions available and fret about what we aren't qualified to do. Instead, I've learned to be open to what I can do. Like numbers that never blend, we each have individual and unique niches to fill. So we're never actually in competition with anyone else.

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science and wrote "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," referred to God as Soul, which "has infinite resources with which to bless mankind ..." (p. 60). Each of us is one of Soul's resources. We can be a resource of infinite blessing to others, both on and off the job. Because we're created by God to glorify Him for all eternity, we can express all the Christlike qualities He imparts to us, such as wisdom, reliability, kindness, willingness, creativity, and patience.

Soon I saw a newspaper ad for a teacher's aide position at an elementary school. …

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