"Plenty of employment"

Napoleon is credited with the sage-sounding remark, "Man is immortal until his work is done," which may convey to the human sense some realization of the relative importance of a man and the purpose to which he is consecrated. The metaphysician, however, knows that man's real work is to express Principle, Life, Truth, and Love, a joyous duty which engages all eternity; and man is identical with his work, for this expression or reflection is all that there is of man. But even in the everyday affairs of human experience it is well to remember that that which is important, portentous, is not the person who is doing a piece of work or holding a certain position, or even the work itself as materially regarded, but the qualities of good which are developed and manifested in the doing. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 455) Mrs. Eddy says: "God selects for the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any abuse of the mission an impossibility. The All-wise does not bestow His highest trust upon the unworthy." This brings to us the realization that, after all, the only real work there is lies in the expression of Principle in all the minutiæ of daily living. Does an occasion arise where it seems politic to prevaricate, to tell a lie? Then one's work at that particular moment is to know that since God is Truth, man in His image and likeness is truthful, and expresses only that which is absolutely true. Does it seem impossible to be loving under certain circumstances? One has a specific duty then,—to know that since God is Life and is Love, then to live is to express Love. That which seems not to express Love is not real, not living, but a false concept which dies out when the truth of being is recognized. It matters not in the least what the false concept may seem to say or how it seems to act. Truth is expressed; Love is expressed; Principle is expressed; and man is that expression. As this becomes clear and established in thought its manifestation is recognized in daily experience. It is proved more and more definitely that the bringing out of the God-qualities in one's thinking and actions is the only personal responsibility one has, and that evebroadening opportunities open up continually before before one who is thus faithful over the little things of every day.

More than this, because, as Mrs. Eddy tells us on page 158 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany": "We live in an age of Love's divine adventure to be All-in-all," and because nothing can thwart this purpose, the earnest student of Christian Science soon learns that the demands of Principle are ceaseless and inexorable. There is never any rest from proving the truth of being. With earliest dawn of each new day comes the opportunity and the demand to prove that man as the reflection of the one Mind is alert, prompt, vigorous, and all through the day, whatever may be one's environment, there is the demand upon each individual to prove the orderliness of Mind and its idea, the continuity of good, the ever presence of intelligence, the power of Love, the beauty of holiness. This is the real activity which underlies all labor, whether it be the labor of the manufacturer, of commerce, of the farmer, the lawyer, the educator, the house-worker, or what not. As one recognizes this real opportunity in each occurrence or take, and accepts it joyously, desirous above all things that the "divine adventure" may be carries out in his experience, the result is healing in his environment. Harmony appears where inharmony seemed rampant; business snarls are untangle; supply is found to be coordinate with demand, and health is manifest in place of sickness.

Let the Truth Operate
November 5, 1921

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