"Work, well done"

In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 111), referring to the work of her students, Mrs. Eddy says, "You have proven that the greatest piety is scarcely sufficient to demonstrate what you have adopted and taught; that your work, well done, would dignify angels." These words of our revered Leader set a standard for all our work, and are a clarion call to Christian Scientists. As we approach our daily tasks it is well to make certain that love is the motivating force in all that we do, for not otherwise may we hope for happiness and success. Spiritual love is the very foundation of true service and furthers the unfoldment of qualities such as obedience, watchfulness, honesty, and resourcefulness.

The first of these qualities, obedience, is best defined in our Leader's words (ibid., p. 116), "Never absent from your post, never off guard, never ill-humored, never unready to work for God,—is obedience; being 'faithful over a few things.'" Whatever our daily tasks may be, the great desire to serve unselfishly enables us to carry on work that might otherwise seem difficult, and makes us watchful in the performance of our duties. There is no task so small that it does not require love and protection.

Obedience and watchfulness naturally result in honesty to both employer and employee. Where honesty is expressed, there will be no slighting of details, no waste of time and materials, and no loss of opportunity in bringing our work up to the highest degree of excellence. There is always a need for new constructive ideas. No matter what our position may be, it is ever calling for freshness of thought.

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The Mount of Vision
February 20, 1937

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