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“I will teach you what to say”

From the October 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In many organizations today, decisions are made and things get done through influence and persuasion, rather than by bosses giving orders and subordinates obeying. Some years ago I worked for a global corporation, and our team was tasked with getting the subsidiary businesses around the world to improve their management processes. My role was to persuade the senior team of a large and successful subsidiary on the far side of the world to make major changes, and oversee their implementation of them, but their position had always been, “Now is not a good time” to embark on such a program.

I managed to secure a conference call with the business leader and his team. I prepared my arguments carefully, but most importantly, I prepared myself as I have learned to in my study of Christian Science. I realized I needed to start from the standpoint of the authority of our creator, the one omnipotent God. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “. . . man is immortal and lives by divine authority” (p. 76). 

I saw that my business colleagues and I were all under the infinitely wise government of divine Mind—one of the synonyms Science and Health gives for God. The spiritual fact is that God’s children, who we all are, can act only according to God’s direction; and since God is wholly good, that direction can only bring about results that bless everyone. 

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