Glorifying the Common Task

Right at hand, in the very place where he may find himself, and at the work on which he may be engaged, the wise Christian Scientist utilizes his understanding of Truth, progressing in proportion to his willingness to accept and rejoice in every least opportunity to prove that he has a demonstrable understanding of Christian Science. In the common tasks are big and rich lessons, which, when heeded, lift us above the petty and, to mortal sense, uninteresting routine of everyday activities into the realm of divine Mind, and so glorify the common daily task. A writer has wisely asked whether we shall be able to see beauty in distant fields if we cannot see it in our immediate surroundings. Experiences that may seem small and uninteresting to one may afford rich incidents for the pen of another, who has the seeing eye and the hearing ear.

What a beautiful incident is recorded of Christ Jesus on the shore of the Galilean sea preparing the breakfast of fish and bread for those of his disciples who had turned away for a time from their healing ministry and gone back to their fishing nets! Through his loving patience and unselfed service they were fed and refreshed in the early morning after their toil in the night, the experience being wonderfully enriched by the spiritual lesson, which rebuked and chastened them. And this simple service for others was performed by Jesus after his triumph over death, after the exalting experience of the resurrection. The food prepared was a demonstration of spiritual supply; for, through his clear apprehension of substance as spiritual, Jesus had provided without toil or effort the fish and bread which met the human need of his disciples. There is no record that after this experience the disciples turned back again to their fishing nets.

Shaking off the Beast
May 28, 1927

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