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The Diligent Businessman

From the August 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Today's variable economic conditions cast their shadows over many a business organization. Men with heavy family responsibilities find themselves concerned with the possibility of enforced idleness and its effects upon financial obligations. But the acceptance of popular belief along these lines would lay one open to the very conditions feared. Indulgence of apprehensive speculations only generates more fear both for the individual and for business in general.

Christian Science teaches that one is not under compulsion to accept abnormalcy— financial, physical, mental, or moral— since God is the only governing force in the universe and the all-inclusive power of divine Mind equips one to exercise the authority of right thinking over every erroneous situation. Knowing that man is the individualized reflection of God, one can move with the spiritual poise, assurance, and freedom of reflected power, meeting every situation as victor, not victim.

The individual who finds himself suddenly unemployed can help himself by dealing first of all with his own response to the situation. He can immediately and firmly exercise his God-given mental control over resentment and depression, for they would only cloud his vision and stifle his inspiration. He can realize that mortal mind, God's opposite, can neither place nor displace him, since the disposal of all his affairs rests with the governing Principle, God. He must refuse consent to the popular beliefs that circulate so freely in this area of human affairs: age, general economic conditions, seasonal fluctuations.

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