WITH the beginning of 1994 the first provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement have been put in place. As NAFTA goes into effect, step by step, some North Americans are concerned they might lose their jobs. No one knows for sure what changes will occur. But most concede there will be some type of job shuffling. Workers affected by the treaty needn't suffer from the transition though. With God's guidance, we can ensure that changes and adjustments can be for the better on both the individual and the national level.
One worker's gain need not be another's loss. God blesses all, equally and impartially. Jobs may come and go, but our Father-Mother's ability to meet every need abundantly never wanes or wavers. God can lead us to employment that is progressive and productive. Humility opens our eyes to seeing what the possibilities for increased usefulness and worth are. It helps to drop all preconceived notions and personal outlines of what work we'd like to have, or think we're qualified for. Then we're more likely to discover the wide range of new opportunities that we might not otherwise find.
Our worth as a worker comes not so much from what is listed on our resume as from the spiritual qualities of God we reflect. Intelligence, integrity, wisdom, creativity, and so on, are what constitute value. These qualities come to us from God, and they are generously bestowed upon all of us as His children.
Our ability to express God-derived qualities is without limit. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, explains in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: ``A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity'' (p. 128). Everything God is, man expresses. God is infinite good, knowing no restrictions or limits. Man's capacities, as an expression of God, are likewise unrestricted.
The Bible says in Psalms, ``It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves'' (100:3). Man in not self-made, but God-made-- spiritually created. We are not limited mortals. Even if at present we may be glimpsing only a portion of what we are as God's able child, our real immortal selfhood continues to unfold as our understanding of man's spiritual relationship to God grows and strengthens.
Accepting our infinite potential for good as a child of God opens thought up to greater possibilities for productive living. Past work experience, business and social contacts, schooling, and economic circumstances are not the determining factors as to where we can go from here. God knows no limits.
If we've been led to pursue an occupation that requires more education, God will open the way for us to acquire it. If we need to move to another part of the country--or the world--we can be sure God is already there preparing for our arrival. There are no unknowns with God; no impossible situations. Christ Jesus assures us, ``With God all things are possible'' (Matthew 19:26).
The important truth to remember is, if we are being faithful to the spiritual purpose God is leading us to fulfill, all we legitimately need to succeed will come to us right when we need it. With cheer and gratitude, we can make any necessary changes in our lives. If we have to find a new job, we can rely on God's unending supply of good to provide better opportunities and improved possibilities for worthwhile employment.
God led Moses and the children of Israel through the Red Sea and the wilderness beyond, to the Promised Land. With the same watchful eye, He leads us to any new place we need to be.