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THE RIGHT JOB
I LOVE THE IDEA that even when you don't know what you're supposed to be doing with your life, or where your next paycheck is coming from, God will guide you if you ask. God is Love and unlimited good, and God needs each one of us. Based on this, we can all make a meaningful contribution to society, no matter what employment statistics or the economy suggests.
A few years ago, I was speaking to a longtime Christian Scientist, who mentioned that we each have a purpose given to us from God and that it's natural for that purpose to be revealed. I felt inspired by what she shared. At the time, I was unemployed, and although I had a teaching degree and had taught in high schools, I felt there was something else I was supposed to be doing. But I wasn't sure what it was. After the conversation with this friend, I felt I had more direction, and drove down to the beach. At the time I was staying with my parents, and appreciated having a place nearby to go and pray. I found the beach an inspiring place to talk with God because, to me, it's always been a symbol of beauty and infinity.
As I sat there that late afternoon, I prayed: "Father, I don't care whether my purpose is to wash dishes, pursue a completely different line of work, or go back to teaching. Whatever it is, I will do it. Please just let me know what it is. And show me how." I'd learned in Christian Science that it's important to pray without preconceived conditions attached. This removes human will from the picture and allows unlimited spiritual ideas to shine through. Many times before, I'd seen how it's effective to put aside fear and assumptions about what the answer may be, in order to really be open to God's direction.
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Jodie Swales lives in Queensland, Australia.
with contributions from SANDRA SMITH, CHARLES S. COHN, ANNA WILLIS, KAREN VANASSENDERP
LET SPIRIT MOVE YOU
JENNY ROEMER, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Shawn D. Lewis, Mitchell Vantrease
HOW TO 'LIVE IN THE SPIRIT'
Rosalie Dunbar with contributions from Marian English
A New Testament road map to a Spirit-based life
BY MICHAEL HAMILTON
Graced by Spirit—even in the storm
BY DONNA MORAN
Putting a stop to child-trafficking
BY THOMAS R. MITCHINSON
THE BIGGEST REVELATION OF MY LIFE
BY SARAH MATUSEK
THE RIGHT JOB
BY JODIE SWALES
TWO STORIES, ONE TRUTH
LOVE THAT HEALS THE PAST
LOVE IS BIG ENOUGH
SEVERED FINGER HEALED WITHOUT A MARK
'LOVE DISSOLVED IT'
SARA TAFT HARROLL
HEALED VERY NATURALLY