A noted portfolio investment manager said Tuesday a person's relationship with the Lord matters more than money and fame.
“God cares far more about our character than He does about our career,” Bob Doll, chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management, told guests Tuesday at the CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast at the Cox Convention Center.
A crowd of about 1,350 gathered for the 30th annual breakfast in downtown Oklahoma City. The popular Christian event, hosted each year by the Christian Business Men's Connection, brings business people together with local, state and national elected leaders for prayer.
Several speakers made references to issues currently making headlines.
In his prayer for city leaders, Marty Hepp, with Cobb Engineering, said Oklahoma City is experiencing revitalization.
“Lord, I pray for our city leadership, for Mayor (Mick) Cornett and our city council as they lead our city through this time of growth,” Hepp said.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, led the audience in prayer for national leaders.
“Help us as a nation — we are divided,” he said, referring to bipartisan battles on Capitol Hill. “We find no rest. As our budget gets worse, our nation gets more anxious and the smallest of things brings us anxiety.”
Langford also prayed for wisdom for the president and vice president and leadership for the U.S. Supreme Court, who on Tuesday heard arguments on same-sex marriage.
John Gillespie with Access Financial Group offered prayer for area business leaders and professionals. He asked the Lord to protect in particular those business leaders who have chosen to “stand firm for their faith and they have been thrust into the national spotlight.”
The Christian founders of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby are waging a court battle against a federal mandate requiring them to provide their employees with contraception and drugs the owners believe induce abortion.
Doll, 58, of Princeton, N.J., recommended participants search their hearts to discover their true motivations. He also urged them not to get so caught up in careers that they forget their creator.
“In 100 years, what does it matter what job I've done? My sense of worth comes not from a job, a career or my portfolio assets. A sense of worth comes from recognizing whose I am.”