True Rest

[Written Especially for Young People]

CHRIST JESUS said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Many today are sorely in need of this rest, and greatly desirous of it. But the question is, How can we obey his command, "Come unto me," in order to attain rest? We know that Jesus was not referring to his physical body when he made this promise. He was referring to the Christ, which he represented. In Christian Science we learn that this Christ is Truth, and we come unto the Christ, Truth, by the simple process of letting the truth come into our thinking. When our consciousness is filled with right thinking, we are aware of a great and satisfying sense of peaceful rest. Christian Scientists are proving that this rest accompanies them in the midst of their work, and after their labors are finished for the day.

In order that we may rest as we work, we must first of all consider what our work really is. We have to use the body in executing our tasks, but whether these tasks be regarded as either menial or of great importance, it takes intelligence to perform them. We are called upon to express beauty, neatness, honesty, diligence, and so on, in our work, regardless of whether we be students or laborers, professional workers or homemakers. Our work, then, primarily is to express right ideas.

Christian Science teaches that man is the reflection of God; that all his abilities are divinely reflected. Let us consider the example of the mirror which reflects a person in action. The one in front of the mirror may bend, move, run, sit, and all his actions are reflected in the mirror. No matter how strenuous his actions, the mirror never gets tired. Now let us remember that all we do is to express, or reflect, God's qualities. Our work is to reflect intelligence, strength, beauty, purity, Love. This reflecting does not fatigue us any more than it does the reflection in the mirror.

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April 26, 1941

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