The Joy of Work

Unwillingness to accept responsibility is a form of selfishness and fear. It ranks high as a social problem of our times. It is based on the concept that responsibility involves work, and that work is tedious, exhausting, and time-consuming, and to be avoided if possible.

In this connection, Mrs. Eddy makes an arousing statement, "The song of Christian Science is, 'Work—work—work—watch and pray.'" Message to The Mother Church for 1900, p. 2 How highly she speaks of work! She calls it a song.

God has bestowed upon each of us the divine right to be useful and purposeful, to fulfill a necessary mission. Work in its lowest sense is the exertion of physical strength or faculties to accomplish something. Work in a higher sense is prayer, or the application of spiritual facts to the human condition for the purpose of improving it. Work in all its aspects might be called the activity through which God's ideas unfold to mankind in their infinite variety.

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The Action of God's Grace
April 10, 1971

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