«With goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free»(Ephesians 6:7, 8).
WHERE DO WE BEGIN to describe Marie Curie? Her biography is widely known. most impressive details of her life speak for themselves: she was the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne in Paris (one of the most prestigious universities in the world) and the only woman of science to have received Nobel Prizes in two different disciplines. These are incredible personal accomplishments, and she is an incredible model for any woman who desires to educate and develop herself professionally. But much less known about her is this third fact that I want to share with you today: Marie Curie refused, along with her husband, to profit from their discoveries through patents. Both were of the idea that scientific knowledge should be shared freely.
Of course, it is not of patents or intellectual property that I want to talk about today, but of the concept of serving humanity without expecting to profit from it. In Ephesians 6:7, 8, we read: ‘With goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord.» Commenting on this biblical passage, the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary says: «The conviction that one is led by God is a most powerful incentive to the contented life, as is the knowledge that one’s efforts are accepted by God» (vol. 6, p. 1042). is the idea that connects with the life of Marie Curie: perhaps she was never rich because of her concepts of liberality with regard to scientific knowledge, but she certainly enjoyed the profound incentive to feel happy for having lived a purposeful professional life.
In the spiritual realm, how often we get discouraged when we do not receive
what was expected after doing something. Not having received anyone’s gratitude, public recognition, or even some kind of payment for a service done to others sometimes disheartens us, and the truth is that it exposes a fundamental problem: perhaps our service had not been based on goodwill, on doing it as if we were doing it for the Lord, without expecting anything in return. The incentive is the Lord. And the good thing about that incentive is that it leads to a life of service with a purpose, which is a path to happiness.