Five spiritual lessons about employment

I lost my job about five years ago, just before Christmas. It seemed about the worst thing that could happen at that time. Family funds were very low, my prospects seemed dreary, and our housing had depended on my employment with the company.

The initial temptation was to take the usual steps and blast résumés everywhere, even randomly, hoping to get a response. As I thought about it, though, I realized that would be an act of fear and mistrust, based on the worry that God would not be taking care of me. Instead, I turned from this worldly outlook and prayed to be guided in my search for a new position.

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy wrote about man as being “the compound idea of God, including all right ideas” (p. 475), and of creation as consisting of “the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected” (p. 503). In an earlier chapter, she also wrote about God’s presence and direction: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (p. 424).

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