HAVE you ever felt underemployed, in a restricting situation, and been waiting for an opportunity to use your abilities to the full? I've felt that way. I knew I was capable of giving far more than my employment required, and this led to unhappiness and frustration. For some time I looked for a better position but nothing appeared. Then I did what I should have done in the first place -- I turned to God in prayer.
This passage in the Bible was reassuring: ``The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.''1 Well, my situation was far from perfect, so I resolved to spend a specific and regular part of each day in prayer, acknowledging and striving to understand my relationship to my Father-Mother God, the divine Parent of each one of us.
From the Bible we can come to see that God, supreme and infinite intelligence, has created man to be His very expression. I began to recognize, then, that I was entitled to reflect His nature in perception, creativity, intelligence, and so on, and that this right was supported by divine law. As children of infinite divine Mind, we each possess ability and intelligence without measure and the right to express these qualities to the full.
God is the one supreme power and lawmaker, and I saw that everything concerning me must come directly under His perfect law of good. The Father of all did not create His children without provision for their every genuine need. In absolute truth, each of us is complete, fulfilled, and this spiritual reality can be demonstrated in human life.
Because God loves and is conscious of His creation -- conscious of each one of us as forever spiritually active and useful -- we can prove this. We can be guided to work that is progressive and satisfying. Glimpsing something of our indestructible relationship to Him and expressing His qualities to the best of our ability bring to bear on our situation the power of divine law, which supports our right to fully employ divinely inherited qualities for the benefit of all, and adjusts our experience in whatever way is needed.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, ``Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way.''2 Acknowledging our real purpose as reflecting the nature of our divine creator, we open our thought and lives to new possibilities for good.
Praying along these lines, I resolved to give more dedication to my present situation and, among other things, to be more cooperative and kind. Soon an opportunity appeared that, although not exceptional, attracted me. I was learning to trust God and the power of prayer to guide me, so I applied for the position, was interviewed, and was accepted. The work, although congenial, was still of a routine nature, but I continued to pray to see myself more as God knew me, as the unfettered, perfect expression of Life and Love, of God's own nature. Within a short time promotion followed, and the work proved to be all I could have wished for.
Christ Jesus promised his disciples, ``I go to prepare a place for you.''3 Christlike qualities prepare a place for us when we are ready and willing to put them into practice. Then we find satisfaction far above anything we had considered. We are fulfilled because we are doing what God wants us to do -- expressing Him to the best of our ability. And that is job satisfaction!
1Psalms 138:8. 2Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 326. 3John 14:2.
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