We heard the inspirational wisdom of Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith this morning on our Faces of Faith segment. Rev. Beckwith is the pastor and founder of the Agape International Center in Los Angeles.
When I arrived at his home to do the interview, I was greeted by his family. They welcomed me in as if I were one of their own. His wife Rickie, her mom, their children, and even the dog were all there.
As my photographer Tim Hart set up the lights and positioned the camera, Rev. Beckwith showed me pictures of his travels, including snapshots of him with Oprah and President Obama.
During the interview, Rev. Beckwith discussed the emotional toll these tough economic times are taking on families across the country. People are losing their jobs, their homes, their cars – you name it. Yet, Rev Beckwith says the key to surviving this is to pull away, take 5 minutes of your day to unplug, meditate, and think about the positive things. Think about the blessings in your life. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, focus on what you do have. It might surprise you – even better – it might compel you to help others facing far greater challenges.
After the interview, his wife Rickie played the piano as the whole family gathered to sing one of her original songs. The lyrics were powerful and uplifting. I could tell this is a close knit family. They value their time together, and like so many of us – they spend a lot of it in the kitchen. In fact, standing next to his refrigerator covered in family photos Rev. Beckwith offered me one of his specialties. It's a thick green concoction made of fresh vegetables, fruits & other secret ingredients. I must admit, this "magic green drink" didn't look very tasty. I was told, "It's good for you, have some." And to my surprise – it tasted much better than it looked. He might want to consider marketing that!
While I went to Rev. Beckwith's house to get a story on the stock market, I walked away with so much more. And after watching this morning's "Faces of Faith" I hope you feel the same way too.
Tune in next Saturday morning as Rev. Beckwith explains how he heard a voice telling him to sell all his stocks. The timing couldn't have been better because he sold right before the stock market plunged. Was it divine intervention?