Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Meaningful Activity

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Meaningful Activity

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ALL of us want what we are doing to be meaningful, but so often our work seems frustrating or unappreciated. Over the years I looked to my work to give meaning and worth to my life. But I found that while I would seem to achieve satisfaction for a time, I would then get to feeling I was in a rut, and restlessness and dissatisfaction would predominate. Trying to stir myself into some semblance of enthusiasm for the job by reminding myself that what I was doing was important or trying to find ways to make the activity more interesting did not diminish my restlessness. Finally in desperation I thought, "You've tried everything else; why not try prayer?

Since I'd always found that prayer brought answers in other areas of my life, I was a little surprised it had taken me so long to decide to pray. I began by looking at how Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, answers the question "What is Life? in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She begins by pointing out, "Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. And later in the answer she states, "Life is not limited. This helped me to see that I couldn't feel stifled or frustrated by a limited view of either myself or my job.

Effective prayer is an affirmation that God--who is Spirit, Principle, Mind, Soul--is omnipresent, and that man is the expression of God.

This leads to the conclusion that because there is only one God, and His creation is wholly good, then restlessness, uncertainty, anxiety, discouragement, envy and the like, which are not good, have no part in His spiritual creation, man.

Praying along these lines increased my confidence that good, and only good, comes from God. It stands to reason, then, that an improved understanding of the nature and relationship of God and man results in a more satisfactory experience. …

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