In Position to Serve

POSITION is a topic which receives much consideration in human experience. We are all familiar with a variety of expressions involving the word "position." We may hear it asked of someone, "What position does he now hold?" Or it is said of another, "He holds a good position." Again, the term is used in such ways as, "He is in a position to make good his demands," or "He is in a position to dictate or control." One may be in a position of great responsibility, while another may feel that he occupies an inferior position. Position may refer to one's economic activities, to his social standing, or else to the holding of certain opinions. In the latter sense, one may shift his position on a disputed question; in the former meanings, he may improve, achieve, or lose a position. Thus, humanly considered, position is attended by a measure of uncertainty. Metaphysically considered, position denotes complete stability.

In his statement concerning his mission, Jesus made his position clear: "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister;" and, "Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister."

The phrase "in position to serve" was impressed upon the thought of one who for a brief period was a guest at one of the sanatoriums of The Christian Science Benevolent Association. Just before the hour of dining room service, for example, every member of its staff would be in position, ready to serve, the few minutes before the opening of the doors for the entrance of guests being given to spiritual preparation for the approaching opportunity to serve. The spirit of loving, joyous service was evident everywhere. A gentle cheerfulness attended each needful service, such as the arranging of flowers or the supervision and encouragement of wholesome recreation—and all this that the kingdom of God might be manifested and be established in the hearts of guests and associates.

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A Great Friend
October 29, 1932

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