The Work That Rests Us

Almost everyone works, but to some of us our work seems a wearisome task. How can we make our activity more satisfying, fruitful, and joyous? The answer which Christian Science gives is simple: by becoming spiritually conscious of our true relation to God and His creation. Though simple, this answer is profound and presupposes a recognition that our real work in the world is the furtherance of the purposes of good, of God.

Humanly speaking, work is labor for a predetermined end, and each of us must determine this end. It certainly should not be that described in the Bible by the Preacher who in his dark hour of disillusionment wrote, "I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun." Eccl. 2:11; Rather, work should be what the Preacher described when his heart was lifted to see a truer sense of man's relation to his Maker. Then he wrote that one "should make his soul enjoy good in his labour.... For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy." vv. 24, 26;

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