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Out of work?

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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Because OF climbing prices and the present state of the economy, being out of work may mean facing difficult times. As well as needing to pay the bills, most people want to feel useful – to know that they're contributing in life and growing in their talents.

While applying for jobs and talking to friends can be useful, there's another approach to finding employment that can actually be more meaningful and have more of a long-term impact. It involves asking God to reveal a deeper concept of what constitutes your real work. One place to start is by praying to know more about your identity as God's child, endowed with a present purpose and usefulness that come from Him.

Turning to God to understand the qualities He has given and is giving each of us opens our thought to our capacities for good. We begin to perceive that right now we have those abilities, and we can use them to glorify and exalt God as the only power, presence, and action.

For example, there are always opportunities to use God-given capacities by listening more attentively to our children, being more consistent in finishing a project, or even being more patient while driving. Even if it isn't clear where the next paycheck will come from, employing thought with love for our family, friends, neighbors – and our future employer, even if we don't necessarily know who that will be – begins to clarify our present freedom from limitation and lack of any sort.

Luke's Gospel records a time when Jesus was traveling with his parents to Jerusalem (see 2:42-52). After returning home, his parents became anxious because Jesus, only 12 years old, was nowhere in sight. They traveled back to Jerusalem only to find out that he was in the temple talking with many teachers. Like most parents, they wanted to know what was going on. Jesus told them that he was "about my Father's business."

Although Jesus went with them, and, as the Bible says, he was "subject to them," it was clear that Jesus knew what his work was from a very early age. Jesus saw God, his Father, as the source of his purpose, supply, ability, and progress – the essence of his being. He lived in conformity to God's direction in order to show humanity that the kingdom of heaven – all good, harmony, and abundance – is always with us. And the divine nature or Christ, the image and likeness of God, is forever at work in our lives just as it was in his life.

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