Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

More Than Just Schmoozing ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

More Than Just Schmoozing ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Have you ever had to make just the right impression on someone? Had to be charming, respectful, self-confident, professional?

For a journalist, this happens all the time, especially when you're interviewing someone. You know that if you treat people right you'll get a better story, deeper insights, even more time with them.

But sometimes it doesn't work out that way, even when there's nothing wrong with your planning.

This happened just the other day. The person I was interviewing is a successful psychologist and teacher with impressive degrees. He agreed to meet with me for 15 minutes in the lobby of a downtown office building where he was doing consulting work.

Before I set out, I did what I always do on such assignments. I prayed for the assignment to be in God's hands. Yes, two people were meeting to talk business, if you like. But this was an interview focused on what brings spiritual relevance to people's lives, so what we were handling could rightfully be labeled God's business.

The Bible shows that Jesus was always doing what he called his "father's business." Even at the age of 12, he lingered to talk with men in the temple in Jerusalem, giving his family some anxious moments (see Luke 2:42-50).

Sharing the truth of God and its power to heal was the focal point of Jesus' life on earth. Because of his intimate relationship with his God, he couldn't help doing it. And neither can we, when we understand how we, too, are linked to God.

Reinforced with these thoughts, I went to my appointment. Everything was going well - until it was time for pictures. I'd scarcely started clicking away when a posse of security guards swooped down on us and bundled us out of the building. Talk about making the wrong impression on a stranger!

But I said quietly to myself, "God, we're about Your business. You are with us, right here, right now. And Your power to bring harmony and blessing to every situation, including this one, can't be threatened by any other power. …

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