Our real work can't be drudgery
Gone are those days of sleeping late, those long vacations around Christmas and Easter. Buckling down and really working for a short period before exams was OK, but the prospect of having to perform eight hours a day, five days a week, can make even a highly disciplined student wonder if he or she is really cut out for the working world.
It's easy to finish school, get ready to start a new job, and fall into a mental pit full of misgivings, doubts, and fears. But such mental doldrums can be overcome.
After finishing undergraduate and graduate work several years ago, I prepared to begin a new job. While many would have been excited at the prospect of working in a large city and starting a new position, I was weighed down with concerns about having to commute an hour to work every day, being assigned typing, scheduling, filing, and clerical tasks eight hours a day, and not having established friends around to talk to and be with. I had without doubt a negative attitude.
Then, while reading one evening, I came across Mrs. Eddy's scientific response to the question "What am I?": "I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 165; I saw my true job as recognizing my unity with God and sharing that recognition by reflecting joy, vibrancy, and harmony to everyone around me.
This took daily prayer on my part, followed by the outward expression of sincere helpfulness and happiness in my office job. New and bigger responsibilities soon opened up, close friendships were formed, and every day has since proved to be different, fresh, and new—with activities of great interest to me developing in many areas. The daily establishing of man's unity with God has continued to be the groundwork for my working day.
Certainly Christian Science can be an immense help to anyone mired down in negative feelings about his or her work. Our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, writes in Science and Health: "A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity." Science and Health, p. 128;
It's essential to ask ourselves some basic questions. Who or what directs the formation of our career plans? Who carries them out? If we think that we, as humans, are saddled with the burden of personally directing, working, and fulfilling, then we need to change our outlook from the human to the divine and gain a better sense of man as the child of God.
Let's stand still for a moment and raise our mental sights. Let's be expectant of good; know that God, good, is right where we are. There is only one real source of motive and purpose—God, divine Principle, Love. Only one Mind, intelligence, which governs supremely. One omniactive Life.
And man is the child of God. The complete idea of Mind. At one with and inseparable from God. Man is forever held in perfection by the Mind that created him. Man is complete, though forever developing; and this development is never subject to either stagnation or disruption. Heaven, harmony, is man's home.
Turning wholeheartedly to God and acknowledging His allness and then moment by moment maintaining man's oneness with supreme Love, good, further immeasurably a satisfying sense of purpose and accomplishment. Christ Jesus simply said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matt. 6:33; He also said, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." John 18:37;
Was it only Christ Jesus who was given the job—the career—of doing the will of God, Truth? Of pleasing and glorifying Him? Was it only Christ Jesus who was expected to demonstrate the harmony and abundance of God?
No. He commanded us all to follow him and share in revealing the kingdom of heaven on earth.
Solely striving to advance a human career can put us at odds with man's true, spiritual nature. How much more realistic to view our occupation as the work of glorifying God through reflecting such Godlike qualities as integrity, intelligence, patience, love, wisdom, goodness. This is God's will for each and every one of us. God provides us with the happy means to accomplish this work.
Our daily task is to argue for happiness and win, to recognize and demonstrate good as the only reality. "If you wish to be happy," writes Mrs. Eddy, "argue with yourself on the side of happiness; take the side you wish to carry, and be careful not to talk on both sides, or to argue stronger for sorrow than for joy. You are the attorney for the case, and will win or lose according to your plea." Christian Healing, p. 10.
We can't afford to let a change in physical surroundings—whether it's from college to an office or whatever—make us argue on the wrong side. Such change doesn't by itself benefit or harm us, because physical surroundings have no real influence or power. But a change of attitude, a change of outlook from the material to the spiritual and true, does bring us more closely into accord with perfect being.
How grateful we can be that infinite activity and boundless unfoldment are attributes of God, Life, and that we can't be stopped from expressing them. Every day can be a step forward, a unique unfolding of God's goodness for each of us. And if we're genuinely loving our job of glorifying God, we'll be a great success at it right now.