The commonly used phrase, "I have to make a living," is often used without thinking. Man cannot make life; therefore he cannot "make a living." Christian Science teaches that man reflects Life; he does not create or make it. Life is God, and man is His reflection. If one is wearing a white outfit as he gazes into a mirror, his reflection will not be clothed in black. Similarly, God's reflection must reflect God as He is.

Believing that man makes a living limits one to his own small and often inadequate human sense of supply. Realizing supply to be from God breaks the bonds of limitation and opens consciousness to receive boundless supply. This knowledge of Spirit as the source of supply enabled Jesus to feed the multitudes when there appeared to be only a few loaves and fishes on hand (Matt. 14:15–21). Elijah had proof of this when he was fed by the ravens (I Kings 17:2–6). Elisha was enabled to demonstrate the spiritual fact of supply in the incident of the widow with the pot of oil (II Kings 4:1–7), and he also was able to feed a hundred men with only a small quantity of bread and some ears of corn (II Kings 4:42–44). This ageless truth that man's supply is spiritual can and does meet our needs today even as it did in Biblical times.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has indicated the way to overcome lack of supply. She says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 307): "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment." God's spiritual ideas show us the nothingness of matter and point to the allness of Spirit. Accepting them in consciousness and putting them into practice brings daily supply of all we need. It is important to note the words, "If you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment."

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