Aged out, or ageless?
Recognizing our eternally vibrant nature as children of God empowers us to overcome discouragement and hindrances, as a woman experienced after struggling to land a job at a later stage of her career.
“Am I aged out – or ageless?” This is what I asked myself as I faced the challenge of finding work at a later stage of my career. I’d been told by job search services that it would be difficult for me to find employment, and their predictions began to ring true.
As a student of Christian Science, I knew I could enter a mental protest about this situation. As spiritual children of God, we reflect all that God is. We can no more be defined by limiting perceptions about age than God can. God’s being is Life, a biblically based name for God.
It’s impossible for God, divine Life, to be aged out! So neither can we be, in our true identity as Life’s spiritual offspring.
Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, wrote in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” “Chronological data are no part of the vast forever” (p. 246). And later on the same page she states, “Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.”
Bolstered by these ideas, I thought of all the qualities that the entries on my résumé represented, such as perspicacity, intelligence, and resourcefulness. Since these qualities are derived from God and inherent in each of God’s children, not one of them could have an expiration date or be considered irrelevant.
With renewed confidence, I went on my next job interview. Looking at my résumé, the interviewer commented that my qualifications were exactly tailored to the specifications of her job opening. Within two days I was hired, and I enjoyed a happy, productive career at that firm.
We can be assured that we reflect all that God is, without limit or restriction. At every moment we are free to see ourselves the way God sees us – as vital, fresh, and eternally encompassed in “the vast forever” of infinite Life.
Adapted from a Christian Science Daily Lift podcast.