"Every event of our careers"

[Written Especially for Young People]

THERE can hardly be a more important period in the careers of young people than when, having completed their courses in education and training, and being equipped to take their place in the business or professional world, they stand on the threshold of a new development. Usually placing a high value on the knowledge already acquired, a youth rightly looks forward to the future with hope and expectancy. But when his training is not specialized, and even when it is, he often finds himself confronted by keen competition and by the demand for experience in addition to qualifications. It is then that discouragement and disheartenment would claim a place in his thinking, because the demand for experience, seeming to leave no opening for the newcomer, would appear unfair. There may also be the temptation to believe that personal influence and introductions are indispensable in finding the right position. So, if not on guard, the first hopeful anticipation may become clouded with the anxiety of "getting"—the stress of doing anything to get a position, to get experience so that one can get on in the world. What joy and satisfaction it gives young men and women to know that on turning to Christian Science they can find the truth that will completely nullify every negative argument, awaken them to see God's way, and so insure a happy and successful solution to their problems.

After pointing to the allness and ever-presence of God, on page 3 of "Unity of Good," our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, continues with the following statement: "Now this self-same God is our helper. He pities us. He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our careers." How encouraging is this tender, comforting assurance that the same Father-Mother Love who has directed their steps through school and college days continues to guide the careers of all who trust Him, providing a place where each may express the qualities with which God is abundantly endowing him! Out of the infinitude of His goodness God gives man, who is His likeness, capacity, ability, and opportunity. These are forever independent of human experience, specialized training, and personal influence. So the young Christian Scientist learns that success is not a question of, What can I get? but, What have I to give?

A young woman who for many years had been a pupil in a Christian Science Sunday School had just finished her vocational training and found herself in a large city several thousands of miles from home. She was a stranger without influence or introductions. After searching for employment for a number of weeks without success she became rather discouraged, having reached a state where she thought she would be willing to take any kind of work. One day, whilst she was on her way to an office, her thought turned in gratitude to Love, the great Giver of all good, for the unfailing way in which her every step had thus far been guided, protected, and provided for. She then realized that as a child of God she was always in the service of Love, the great Father-Mother God, who equipped her for the work of reflecting and expressing the Godlike qualities of intelligence, patience, perseverance, loyalty, courtesy, consideration, accuracy, punctuality, cooperation, and humility. As she walked along these thoughts continued to unfold, for they flow from the one inexhaustible source and are the invaluable and priceless characteristics of divine Mind. By the time the student reached her destination her consciousness was so illumined and radiant with the wealth of good which she had to give by reflection, that its influence was felt by those with whom she came into contact. Because of this, an application was made, and within a week an ideal position had been obtained, where experience and further training were made available as well as opportunities for travel, something which had long been a cherished desire.

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Sing Praises
February 25, 1933

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