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THE FUNCTION OF AN OFFICE

From the September 1951 issue of The Christian Science Journal


David's inspired advice to his son Solomon may well have a message for us today. "Know thou the God of thy father," he said (I Chron. 28:9), "and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind." Much is thought and said these days concerning business, management, workers, and employment. Whatever our occupation, whether we work in a factory, a shop, a business office, or in our own home, we learn in Christian Science that our first duty is to God. Man's first and only business is expressing God, for God has created him for this purpose.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has encouraged her followers, in their study and application of the truth she has revealed, to exchange things for thoughts; that is, to consider everything in the realm of spiritual ideas, rather than as material objects. We can see how this gives us the true significance. For example, one who is seeking employment in a business office, or one who is dissatisfied with his job and lacks inspiration, will find the following ideas helpful. The dictionary defines "office" in part as "something done for another or others; a service." And farther on come the words "position of trust."

Thus, first and foremost in our consideration of an office comes the idea of service: service to God and service to our neighbor or co-worker. If we are seeking employment, should we not aim for a position where we may be of the most service? It sometimes seems difficult to make decisions, and not only the type of work but the location and salary seem to be very important considerations. It is helpful always to turn our thought in prayer to God. In the Bible we read (Prov. 3:6), "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." As we acknowledge God, that is, as we recognize or claim with gratitude His loving care and guiding counsel, we shall be shown His will, and the human steps will become clear.

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