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TO FIND A RIGHT POSITION
SOME YEARS AGO, RIGHT OUT of college and before beginning my business career, I spent a few years teaching school. I decided to get a master's degree in elementary education, which included getting my teaching certification. As I was graduating that June, I was told that I should expect an easy time finding a job, since I'd done well academically and schools were in need of male teachers.
I'd been used to listening to God for guidance in all areas of my life. But in this case, I did very little to pray to find the right position. I simply jumped into the interviewing process. As interviews came and went, and the summer started to wind down, I was still without a job offer.
In a panic, I called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful help. She recommended I spend that late-August morning at the Christian Science Reading Room, and suggested an article for me to read and pray with. The article pointed out the spiritually mental nature of a position, a word that can mean to take a stand on an issue or develop a point of view. It spoke of how we each occupy our right place or position by virtue of our relationship to divine Mind—our unity with God. The article highlighted the importance of taking all aspects of "position" out of the realm of human opinions, and shared the idea that advancement or success comes in the proportion that one holds on to spiritual truths in thought. It helped me affirm that as God's child, I was always in my right place. I began to realize the importance unselfish motives and persistent prayer for the work I hoped to do. And I saw more clearly that as God's witness, I could expect only goodness and blessings to flow through my lifework.
About the author
Jeff Clements, a corporate performance management consultant, lives in the Chicago area with his family, and enjoys jazz piano.
with contributions from BOB PRESS, NANCY SAVAGE, MARGARET MARGO SIMONS, LESLEE ALLEN, EVELYN HORN
ALWAYS A WAY FORWARD
STEVE GRAHAM, SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Philip Yancey, Bethany Powers
LET GOD LEAD
BY KEITH WOMMACK
A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO JOB SEEKING
Rosalie Dunbar with contributions from Karen McCoy
TO FIND A RIGHT POSITION
BY JEFF CLEMENTS
Fighting corruption with prayer
BY THOMAS R. MITCHINSON
SKI RACING WITH SPIRIT
BY ALEXA AND TINA COYLE AND KENT "KIMMIE" MACKAY ROLLO
Our Poems and Prayers
with contributions from Stephen, Samantha, Ruby
A GOAL TO HELP OTHERS
'ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW'
SUSANNAH H. SNOWDEN,
HEAD IN THE SAND?
EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN
PERSISTENT PRAYER BRINGS HEALING
DEBBY BARRON with contributions from STEVE BARRON
QUICK HEALING OF BURNS
WALKING WITH LOVE
A GPS WITHOUT EQUAL