Shall We Stick It Out?

What is our duty in a situation that seems trying and unrewarding? Should we stick it out? The answer lies in a correct understanding of Jesus' words, "Not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42;

It is important to remember that God's will for us is always good. It is equally important to expect our present experience to show that it includes this good. An attitude of resignation to lack or inharmony does not make use of the healing power of Christian Science, which shows us that God does not know or plan unhappiness for us or expect us to adapt to unhappiness; nor does He require us to suppress the normal wish for a full and rewarding life. His will for us is fulfillment, not frustration, and this can be proved.

I once got myself into a teaching post that seemed all wrong for me. Previously I had enjoyed the international atmosphere of a bustling, open-minded university city. My new job took me to a very small town, set in miles of pine trees and swamp. Yet I felt ready for the change. Like little allegorical figures in a symbolist poem, ideas of my future trekked across my mind. "Adult responsibility," I thought sternly. "Character building! Serious career! Yes, my lad, your halcyon days are over now, but on the rock of duty you are going to build an inspiring life!"

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