“Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing”.
Mary Baker Eddy
(The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 165).
“Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity”.
Mary Baker Eddy
(Retrospection and Introspection p.70)
Each graduate’s path of hope
A Christian Science perspective: A college professor’s view of graduates’ bright road ahead.
I’ve taught college for 12 years, and every year, some graduating senior says to me, “I just wish people wouldn’t ask what I’m going to do next!” Students often don’t know how to answer that question. Even those who are heading into a waiting career can find it all very daunting. What most of them want to say is, “I don’t know.” But somehow that answer seems unacceptable, as if they are supposed to have it all figured out.
Those of us who ask the question usually know that they don’t have it all figured out. After all, we’ve likely changed jobs or careers or homes many times and know that this next move for these students is just one of many on the road they will take. From my vantage point, where I have past students stop by to tell me how life is going for them, I can say to these graduating seniors, “It’s going to be OK. You’ve got a great adventure ahead of you.”
It’s more than just human experience that makes me feel that way, however. It’s the knowledge that these students are important to their divine Parent, a Parent who has a purpose for them. The world may seem big, and their role in it uncertain, but the Bible tells us: “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification” (I Corinthians 14:10). Each person has an important voice to share, a significant voice. God isn’t going to lead these new graduates into a place where that voice cannot be shared or heard. Divine Love has given them this voice for a purpose, and as they listen for that purpose, their way will be clear.