Don’t let somebody else determine your human role as there is only one Mind.

Mary Baker Eddy assured us in Retrospection and Introspection, “Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity” (p. 70). Note that you don’t have to find your niche—it’s already established. You simply fill it.


Martha’s Options

What fosters improvement is a growing understanding of the spiritual fact that there is but one infinite, omnipresent Mind, God. This Mind must therefore be our Mind, His benign and unerring will, our will, for spiritual man is the very expression of God’s willing. This real man has no other Mind but Love, no desire but that which is impelled by Love. To be God-governed is to be truly self-governed, and obedience to God’s will is our only means of discovering the good God has already executed for us. No fallible human choice can ever uncover such blessings as unfold when we attempt to shape our course from the basis of spiritual reality. “We cannot choose for ourselves,” Mrs. Eddy informs us, “but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught.”1 How did Christ Jesus work out his salvation? By subordinating his will entirely to the Father’s.

The story of Mary and Martha in the Bible presents us with an interesting study in options. At the home of these two friends of Jesus Martha is found “cumbered about much serving,” while Mary sits in rapt attention, listening to Jesus. When Martha complains that Mary is leaving her to do all the work, many of us sympathize with her and recognize in her a symbol of all who find themselves trapped into doing the “dirty work”—left without alternatives.

But the Master does not give Martha sympathy. “Mary,” he says, “hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”2 Jesus, the most loving man the world has ever known, would hardly have wanted Martha unfairly burdened. Could it be that he recognized Martha was imprisoned in her own belief about her human role?

…the best options are those that prove to us that our destiny is in God’s hands and never at the mercy of circumstance. These options will reveal themselves to us only when we are ready to say as Jesus did, “Not my will, but thine, be done.”3


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