My Father's Business

[Written Especially for Young People]

"Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 118). The meaning of these words by Mary Baker Eddy became clearer to a young student of Christian Science while she was working out a problem that came to her for solution when she was a senior in college. A despairing fear of the future seemed to fasten itself upon her—a belief which is supposed to be common to many students who have reached their senior year in school. Up to that time she had been able to look forward to school as the next year's occupation; but now, looking ahead, she saw only inactivity and uselessness. Added to this, suggestions were being circulated that there was not enough work to be done to keep everybody busy, and this thought seemed doubly terrifying.

Then the young student knew it was time to set her thoughts in order, as she been taught to do in her study of Christian Science. The words of Christ Jesus, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" gave her the key to the solution of the problem. She found that her true work was to go about her Father's business, as the Master did. Belief in a material selfhood must be overcome in order to find her true selfhood as God's reflection.

If this is my real work, she reasoned, there is plenty to do to keep me and everyone else continually employed. She realized that she as God's child was now, always had been, and always would be about her Father's business, and that the experience of graduating from college could not deprive her of this privilege. In reality she had been about His business all the time she had been in school, and would continue to be after graduation.

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June 29, 1935

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