The Washington Times - May 6, 2009, 06:14AM


In these tough economic times, people in many businesses are striving to go forward.  In companies big and small, people are making extraordinary, even brilliant  efforts to find creative and effective ways to be successful — to make a profit! There are companies in which everyone from top to bottom is working his or her absolute best to help their enterprise succeed.  Yet in these times there always has to be the question, “Are we doing enough?” In such a situation, what extra steps can be taken?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if  many of a company’s employees — as many as felt inclined — would simply take a few minutes each day to ask for assistance from a Higher Power?  That is, that each person would, in the privacy of his or her own home and in the fashion in which they felt most comfortable, sincerely ask for Divine assistance for the sake of their company and their co-workers? 

This is not to suggest that prayer takes the place of intelligence, talent and hard work.  But what it can do is to open a window through which Divine help can come, bringing all sorts of inspirations and good ideas, and the grace that can help all the hard work and creative efforts to bear good fruit!

It might not hurt to remember that some of our country’s most supremely successful leaders used this kind of strategy.  They did not simply use it — it was as important to them as breathing!  They employed it consistently, tenaciously and sincerely, and they attributed their greatest successes to Divine assistance.  George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King are only three of many hundreds of great men and women who used this kind of approach.

Suppose that every member of our government, from president to cabinet to Congress, employed this kind of effort every day — day after day — as part of making all their important decisions? Thankfully, many of them do just that.  But  what if more and more leaders of our country — federal, state and local leaders, consistently appealed for guidance, not for narrow interests, but so that they could make the best decisions for the sake of all whom they serve?

As a matter of fact, what if the staffs of television networks, radio stations, magazines and newspapers — all those who felt comfortable doing so — would, each on his or her own, ask Divine guidance and help that their organization would become steadily better and better as an excellent source of news and also as a conscience and inspiration for our society at a critical time in our country’s history?  And secondarily, asked that their organization would become more and more financially stable and successful?  Wouldn’t such appeals (together with hard work) be likely to bear fruit after a while?

Mary McLeod Bethune put the whole idea beautifully in three sentences:
“Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”