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Thoughts on Your Business or Profession

From the November 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Here are some thoughts regarding business that have come to me over the years. The first is that everything belongs to God. The Psalmist declared, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof."Ps. 24:1; And Christ Jesus made this very clear: "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore." Luke 12:6, 7;

So our real business or profession is in His hands. He owns and controls it. If you own the business you're in, see clearly that all that is real about it belongs to God, and you'll be immune to the burdens and responsibilities that seem inherent in the belief of ownership.

People sometimes think of the public practice of Christian Science as uniquely God's business. When I'm a practitioner, they think, I'll be working for God alone, and then I'll have absolute freedom of thought in handling my activity. But I remember the comment of a woman who had been in the business world for years. She remarked that she'd held several demanding positions, but that she'd always been unburdened in her thought. She knew she was working for God and felt free to serve Him. This was a lesson to me. I saw that freedom relative to an activity stems entirely from right thinking about it. We can be free in thought irrespective of our business or profession.