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What Approval Rating?

Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life

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We read about approval ratings of local, national, and world politicians all the time.

What about yourself? Do you sometimes feel you need to have a good approval rating? Everyone wants to be well liked. We want family and friends to be happy with what we're doing. But what if they aren't? Should we take this into account when making decisions?

I struggled with this question recently when I faced some decided disapproval from a co-worker. She wasn't happy with the way I was doing things. In fact, she threatened to quit because of me. I had just made some significant organizational changes at work, ones that many other co-workers had responded to positively. And I had just headed up an area-wide project that met with enormous approval. So what was I supposed to think about this one individual's opinion?

Upset, I went home for the day and took some quiet time to try to think. Actually, I prayed. I consider prayer to include adjusting my thoughts and striving for a new perspective, a spiritual perspective. At first it didn't seem like effective prayer! I felt so put upon and unappreciated. But I remembered reading the biblical account of the betrayal, trial, and crucifixion of Christ Jesus.

It's not that I'm comparing my work situation to the career of Jesus. But as a Christian, I know his life sets an example to follow. The textbook of Christian Science says of Jesus: "Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error. The world acknowledged not his righteousness, seeing it not; but earth received the harmony his glorified example introduced" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures," Pg. 54).

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