"In His service"

Future supply, support, protection, and safety depend largely upon the way in which mortals occupy their time and thought in the present. A blind belief in God's goodness without a scientific, active understanding of it may not manifest itself outwardly in goodness; but a conscious, active willingness to serve in God's vineyard to-day opens the way for employment, satisfactory work, and joyous achievement in the to-morrow.

A student of Christian Science was once far from home without a position and with her funds running very low. She tried to get employment, but was unsuccessful. She tried to borrow money to tide her over until more prosperous days, but was unsuccessful. She attempted again to find a position, but was told by the last prospective employer that he not only had nothing for her, but that he did not expect to have anything in the future, and therefore it would not be necessary for her to return.

Feeling discouraged and humanly forsaken she went home to her room. Christian Science must surely be able to pull her out of this predicament, she thought, as it had on so many previous occasions. With a great willingness to be shown the way, she reached for one of the books on the table and opened it at random. The book was the Message to The Mother Church for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy. "Rest assured you can never lack God's outstretched arm so long as you are in His service" was the first sentence she read, on page 1. The words came home to her as a marvelous promise of support; but they carried a condition and a requirement—"so long as you are in His service." How could she be in God's service? What must she do? How must she think?

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April 2, 1932

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