As the new economy brings new demands, a career search centered on serving God in whatever we do will reveal new ways of blessing others and of being blessed.
A God-centered career search
A Christian Science perspective.
What can we expect in answer to prayer? An explanation of prayer written by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, has been helpful to me when needing employment and figuring out the direction of my life. Referring to a statement in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, she explained: “When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, – but more grace, obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it the ‘river of His pleasure,’ the tributary of divine Love….
“To love, and to be loved, one must do good to others. The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to bless others” (“Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 127).
What do we get from our Father-Mother? “Grace, obedience, and love.” How do these meet our need? God’s grace includes skill, wisdom, courage, persistence, vision, and the humble expectation of success. Obedience includes the courage to follow God’s direction and not let fear or doubt dissuade us, and to stay focused on doing God’s will, which is always good. God’s love, as we express it, opens doors, connects us to those seeking our help, and is unlimited in its application to every need. Divine Love is inexhaustible. Grace, obedience, and love move us forward in productive and fulfilling activity. These qualities have deeply enriched my own career path over the years.
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