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'Earning' a living

A Christian Science perspective on daily life

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When I was unemployed, I felt a great pressure to provide for my family and to be financially responsible for myself – not to be a burden on anyone. Yet, I couldn't find a job. I applied for many positions, ones I was well qualified for, but nothing came of my efforts.

Finally I turned more seriously to the Bible and to the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science. I'd been accustomed to finding answers in these books. One of Jesus' statements from the Bible that struck me was: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

This was a very important statement to me, since I seemed to have very little abundance, either in terms of financial supply or of opportunities to gain it. Yet, I knew from my previous practice of Christian Science that what was needed was a deeper understanding of the reality God creates, which, like Himself, I knew to be good. And goodness does not include the lack I was seeing in my experience.

I began to think more about the "life" Jesus referred to. Mrs. Eddy termed "Life" as one of several synonyms she had for God. So, I reasoned, since I am God's child, I must be included in the Life that is God. Studying this synonym brought new views of what that means.

First, I looked at other evidences of God as Life around me. I noticed that the characteristics of nature included vitality and beauty. There appeared strength and majesty, fullness and vigor. These characteristics, I realized, also belonged to me and were individually expressed as my nature.


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