The Business of Being Useful

All right work is service to God. Once an individual grasps this fact and devotes his efforts to serving God in his work rather than merely going through the physical and mental motions of fulfilling material duties, he cannot fail to be of service to God and to progress. Opportunities to serve will increase. He will never be unemployed. Since he will be expressing love in the effort to be truly useful to others, he will be sustained by the divine Mind, or God, which is the source of that animating power.

Fulfillment and success will brighten his own thought of himself as well as contribute to the general good of humanity. His efforts will be rewarded, his life enriched. He will not only be held in esteem by others, but he will know he has earned the most satisfying personal reward of all—the ultimate commendation of divine Spirit as expressed in Christ Jesus' parable—"Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Matt. 25:21;

In human experience, the top of the ladder of success is not attained in one giant leap. Genuine success is in proportion to one's usefulness to God, and no one can ever approach the maximum of his potential to serve Him without developing to a great degree the expression of the spiritual qualities that God created him to express—qualities such as love, wisdom, intelligence, strength, and integrity. These are the tools of the business of serving others as well as of serving God, and as the spiritual offspring of God, everyone possesses a full set of them. The best training anyone can have to fit himself for promotion is to learn to use these tools—express these qualities—more skillfully, and thereby give better service not only to God as His witness but to the world.

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From the Directors
January 6, 1973

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