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WHO'S THE REAL MANAGER?

From the April 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal


My Decision Was Expected Within 24 Hours. I had just been offered the position of regional president of the commercial real estate management company I worked for. While flattered by the offer, I also felt overwhelmed—and a bit scared.

This job offer came to me after the two previous presidents had left the company, each after less than a year. I had worked as a senior manager for both of these people, but as president I would be responsible for overseeing a staff of 25 (most of whom were older and more experienced than I), and I would be managing two commercial buildings with over 200 tenants—companies ranging from small businesses to international corporations. Ultimately, it would be my responsibility to keep everyone happy.

I had a big decision to make. I've always trusted my prayers, but because the offer weighed heavily on me, I called a Christian Science practitioner for support. I was grateful that he immediately addressed my fears by pointing out that in reality I had, as the phrase from a favorite hymn says, "radiant room" in which to make this decision (see Christian Science Hymnal, No. 298). The practitioner wasn't actually suggesting I ignore the 24—hour deadline, but his point was that God's will for us is good and that we always have "the room" or the time we need to see what God's will includes. That spiritual truth gave me instant relief.

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