Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
I have had many jobs, and many different kinds of jobs, in my life. Once I had four part-time jobs at the same time. I've also been without a job.
Recently I read something that gave me a new perspective. James Davidson writes, "A job can never provide 'economic security' . . . . Any attempt to make 'jobs' in general 'secure' is bound to miscarry and rebound against genuine economic security . . . . In the post-industrial period, jobs will be tasks you do, not something you 'have' " (Strategic Investment, March 20, 1996). I realized that this coincided fairly well with a concept of employment I had arrived at in prayer when I had been unemployed. I came to realize that I am always employed because I'm always the reflection of God. The very activity of being God's reflection, or expression, is full-time employment.
This was a thrilling and gratifying discovery. It opened my thought to a wider consideration of employment opportunities, and I soon found myself in a new career. And since that time I have remembered that I am always fully employed as God's daughter.
But does this have anything to do with "genuine economic security"? Is security based on a large investment portfolio? An ample income? Consider this statement: "Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 232). It was in the laws of God that Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote this, found true security to exist. And she herself was ultimately blessed with economic prosperity through adherence to these laws. Between 1895 and 1902 she was able to give $120,000 to the Christian Science Church, which she had founded-quite a large amount of money a hundred years ago!
Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science in 1866, and published Science and Health in 1875. Christian Science is based on the teaching of Christ Jesus, who might be regarded as poor by many of today's standards. As an adult he moved from place to place, and the Bible doesn't record that he had a permanent home. He did not, apparently, have regular jobs for which people paid him, nor did he have goods to sell. Yet the Bible shows that he never lacked. In fact, he was always giving-feeding and healing people.