I am answering a very strong call to be obedient despite my flaws and weaknesses.
This party was called “Lunch on Larry” to make it clear that the event was not company-sponsored. Our management has always encouraged a “lunch and learn” culture, so I was allowed to use the conference room and invite fellow workers who might be interested in the new book.
Given that religion in the workplace is considered taboo, I was taking a risk, but I made it clear in the invitation that the book has a religious context, but that it might be of broader interest.
I wrestled all night with how to present Streamside in an intellectually balanced way among my colleagues, and as always, God whispered to me, “I will send you the people you need for Streamside, and they will not be the ones you expect.”
The look on my face in the picture shows my shock at the number of people who came, especially those who I knew were polar opposites on religion. We work in a stimulating intellectually honest environment and all credit goes to those who had open minds that day!
I asked the question shown on the back cover of the book: “Could Jesus, the son of God, pray to his father for something his father would then deny?” And then I said, “This question is as valid for religious skeptics as for believers.”
I then said, “While the concept of unity may sound odd to your ears, the concept of finding peace is not. After four years of constant turmoil here in our company, does anyone here feel real peace right now?”
The room changed, eyes were bright, and a great discussion followed.
Streamside – Finding Peace through Perfect Unity is for everyone!