Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Working for the Family Firm ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Working for the Family Firm ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Some years ago strategic planning at the company where I worked changed the criteria for employment in certain departments in a way that affected me. I knew that I would be phased out because I couldn't meet the new requirements.

It was pretty scary, because I had worked for this employer for some time. I decided to use the time before my job ended to think about my options and specifically to pray.

I have long believed that our real work comes from God, even though it may look like a job in an office, on an assembly line, or in some other place. Mary Baker Eddy explained in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that each individual is the reflection of God. This means that everyone is always at one with God, the spiritual reflection moving in accord with the original. Your reflection in a mirror can't move unless you do the moving.

I thought about that idea a lot because it struck me that the reflection doesn't lack employment. Its job is to reflect the original - nothing more, nothing less - and it always has that job. So that means that as the reflection of God, each individual is always employed at reflecting God's intelligence, goodness, and power, no matter where he or she may be.

Because reflecting God can always be satisfying and good, and since we are designed to do this, we can never lack the opportunity to express God's nature. These thoughts were very helpful to me.

But as the weeks went by, there still wasn't any evidence that things had changed or that my job might continue. And I didn't see a new job on the horizon.

One afternoon as I was driving home from work, I found myself saying to God that I wished I had been born into a wealthy family with its own business so that I could work for the family firm. I'd never have to worry about finding a job. Whether I was cleaning or sharpening pencils or putting out the garbage, I'd be doing something useful, without the anxiety I was then feeling. I would always have useful work to do. …

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