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A MAN once complained to a fellow-workman, whose motive was to work for the sake of his work and not for money, that he had tried to find employment but had failed. His friend listened to his story, and then pointed out the mistake he was making in thinking he was looking for work, when in reality he had been looking for money.
The remark is sometimes made by Christian Scientists, "I have tried again and again, but there are no results," and because of this there comes a sense of discouragement. Surely this is the time to find out how and for what we have been working. If we have been looking or working for material results for their own sake, it is somewhat like the man who failed to get work because he had been looking for money. At such times it is well to remember that we have before us, in this age, an example for all workers in our Leader, Mrs. Eddy. Hers has been an incessant effort to know the truth and to seek "first the kingdom of God," and the glorious results of her work prove beyond doubt that she is working aright. In her message to The Mother Church in 1900 (p. 4), our Leader says, "The song of Christian Science is 'work—work—work—watch and pray.' " What a new, joyous meaning is given to work through Christian Science. In working to know God aright, and in working for God, those who manifest good in their lives have indeed a song—a prolonged song of joy and gladness. Sometimes the wonder comes as to where and what one's work shall be, but all speculation vanishes before the thought that our real work is to know God and to reflect His work—and He is everywhere. With this true concept of work there can be no weariness, discouragement, nor barren results.
To the faithful worker who by her example and life-work has lifted many a toiler out of the drudgery and weariness of material work into the joyousness of true work, a great debt of gratitude is owing, which will be best paid by striving to "work—watch and pray" in the way she has shown and is daily showing us.
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Did Jesus Teach a Practical Religion?
Life the Way
ANNIE M. PAYNE.
Essentials and Non-essentials
WILLARD S. MATTOX.
"A grain of mustard seed"
ADELINE T. RICKER.
H. S. BYRNE.
The Swallows' Lesson.
Resignation of a Pastor
W. L. Swan
The teaching that evil can be performed through erroneous...
David B. Ogden
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
Mrs. Eddy's Request Granted
Irving C. Tomlinson
A Plea for Fair Play
Annie M. Knott
Letters to our Leader
with contributions from Violet Ker Seymer, Clarissa Mary Allard, Khoo Sing Hock, Clara Sawyer, Helen S. B. Ross
Six months ago the words Christian Science conveyed...
Winifred M. Playfair
There are no words that can express my gratitude to...
Sarah Lydia Norris
For a long time I have desired to express a little of the...
Osta C. Brooks
From the time I was thirteen until shortly after my...
Orlena A. Kirk
I have seen so much good done to myself and others by...
Eleanor C. Hatch
I first heard of Christian Science about nineteen years...
G. M. D. Heard
I have received so many benefits through Christian Science...
William W. Macfarlane
When my attention was called to Christian Science...