Our Work and Our Pay

Young people starting out on life's journey would be well advised to get a clear concept of what their lifework really is, and what constitutes the true pay for this work. If this is done, many disappointments will be avoided. A consideration of these questions may prove helpful: What do I hope to receive in payment for my work? Should I expect my reward to be some high position with a large salary? Will my work, my ambition, be recompensed with a large amount of money?

Our dear Leader in her wisdom gently admonishes us to "have no ambition, affection, nor aim apart from holiness" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 154). This is in perfect accord with the teachings of our blessed Master, who in his Sermon on the Mount said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." These "added" things naturally include all that is required to supply our human needs.

Should we ever forget or be in doubt as to the true nature of our work or our pay, we have only to study the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quaterly. In each week's Lesson-Sermon we are tenderly reminded that we have work to do, and are shown what the work is, how to do it, and how to reap the reward for work well done. Always those who seek aright will find. Always are the citations given therein calling us to examine our ambitions, aims, affections, motives.

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