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Opportunities for progress

Progressive opportunities really come from only one source: God. This fact applies to our carrers as well as to other kinds of progress. Developmnet seems to be what life is all about. But the human sense of life and development can ofter involve destructive elements. Widespread unemployment , favoritism, missed opportunities, or personal failure may paint a picture that vividly overwhelms whatever hope or trust we may have put in ourselves or in God.

This doesn't mean that God has betrayed us or that we are helpless to succeed. However, our faith needs to be strengthened, and perhaps realigned, through spiritual understanding. Then we discover that our progress is actually directed by god, unerring divine Mind.

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Man is not really left on his own. He is one with his source -- God -- and is governed by God. As God's child, he can receive only good. The flow of good is unending and limitless because God is infinite.

These divine facts can be proved; they are applicable to human experience.Opportunities for good are always here because God is always present. And they don't come to us by way of luck or manipulation. Right career or other opportunities appear as direct, tangible evidence of God's love for us. So they can never arrive too soon or too late; can never conflict with other useful activities; and can never be kept from us.

Of course, what we think we want or need may not always be what will bring us the most good. It a door shuts in our face, then is the time to pray quietly and earnestly to acknowledge God's faultless direction. Man is never shut off from the good that God has for him, and recognition of this spiritual truth will lead us to -- and through -- the right door at the right time. The Bible says that "all things work together for good to them that love God . . .." n1

n1 Romans 8:28

Man as God knows him doesn't develop in any material sense. He doesn't need to Christian Science brings out that he is already -- from eternity -- complete because he is spiritual, God's expression or image. In reality, man is never confined to matter and the illusive restrictions of material belief. He always reflects the fullness of God's -- Spirit's -- perfection in beauty, ability, strength, intelligence, health.

Mary Baker Eddy n2 explains, "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis." n3 Every occasion for career or other individual advancement can be seen as an opportunity to discover and demonstrate more of our everlasting perfection and completeness as God's child.

n2 Mrs. Eddy is the Discovere and Founder of Christian Sciince;

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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,m p. 258.

Christ Jesus illustrated man's spiritual perfection. With the power of divine undestanding he healed and regenerated many, turning even dead-end lives completely around.

The Christ, the true idea of God, which Jesus embodied, is still here. It turns our thoughtsm around -- from the hopelessness of matter to the overflowing goodness of Spirit, God.

Then the opportunities God gives us are found to be right at hand. DAILY BIBLE VERSE This thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and w ent backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7:23, 24

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