Taking our part in the world's journey into the promised land

There may be many who feel the desire to follow the Christianly scientific example of Christ Jesus, contributing meaningfully to the salvation of mankind from evil. Such individuals can't help observing the world convulsed in its fierce resistance to spiritual truth. A recognition of the urgent need for spiritual healers in every area of life—business, entertainment, family, education, journalism, international diplomacy—may cause us to feel there is something much like a bony knuckle pressing us in the back, insisting we do something! The result may be an uncomfortable feeling that we are unable to do enough. When the need is so great, what can we do to begin making our contribution?

We can find solace in Mary Baker Eddy's statement from Retrospection and Introspection. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science writes: "Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity." Ret., p. 70. World salvation, spurred by the lifework of such great spiritual leaders as Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and in modern times Mrs. Eddy—and above all by our divine Exemplar, the Messiah, Christ Jesus—includes a special niche for the contribution of each human being. It is a joint effort! The spiritual destiny of each individual is to demonstrate his true identity as God's spiritual man. And this destiny or plan has specific application to the salvation of the world.

How comforting to recognize that even the incomparable career of Christ Jesus began very simply—in carpenter's work. Imagine how many may have felt inspired, motivated to excellence themselves, by Jesus' carpentry! In the desire to help lift mankind out of all the limiting beliefs of the material senses, we too can begin right where we are. Endeavoring to express the healing presence of divine Principle, Love, in family situations, schools, churches, and jobs, we strive to be models of spiritually motivated excellence. As we make progress, those who can benefit from what we are learning feel our influence. And we in turn find our lives inspired by the encouraging examples of others' spirituality. This is evidence of God's law of supply meeting demand. It also testifies to His unopposable law of progress.

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October 28, 1985

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