Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Job Forecasting with God

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Job Forecasting with God

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A Christian Science perspective.

The employment outlook in the news has shown little sign of improvement. If you're one of the many who aren't finding a good job, hang in there. If you do have a job, it's still an important issue for all of us to consider more fully. Our prayers can support everyone's desire to be fully and joyfully employed.

To me that means turning away from the depressing figures that make it seem as if getting a job is impossible, and relating the issue to God, divine Love. If I'm assessing the possible ways of improving things, I'm going with this counsel from the Bible: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" (Prov. 3:5). God is our Creator, the source of our lives. Turning to Him to tell us about the direction and forecast for our lives makes entire sense. This I've proved on more than one occasion.

Some years back, during a point when I was underemployed, I devoted a week solely to prayer and spiritual study. It was a great time. In fact, the experience produced in me a profound new interest. Then, three weeks later, a job offer came out of the blue - exactly along the lines of this new interest.

As remarkable as this experience was, I really wasn't surprised. I knew where my new interest had come from; it was inspired through prayer. The prayer had opened my thought to a more spiritual understanding of who I am and my relationship to God. It was natural for a clearer understanding of my talents and abilities to result in the new work.

Experiences like this have shown me that the state of the economy or the considerations of employers do not have to dictate our lives. Human study can register the current weather or the employment status of the people in a community, but it is God who determines the purpose of creation. And in discovering more of this divine purpose, we find only good. In fact, we find all that is truly good and scientifically reliable.

This is what the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, found. …

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