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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

Work like it depends on you, pray like it depends on God...


"The natural can be turned into the spiritual only through sacrifice. Without this a person will lead a divided life." This is what Oswald has to say today in My Utmost for His Highest. (My favorite devo)

I believe that in order to get to the supernatural we have to do the natural - to step out and work like it depends on us, but pray like it depends on God. My goal is to do that every day. To not only give an "honest day's work" but an EXCELLENT day's work. A "next level" day's work. Those two things together - praying and working, IMHO, are the keys to a miracle. Larry always says, "Expectancy is the breeding ground for a miracle." I believe that's true but I believe part of expecting is doing something while you're expecting.

Tonight was our Christian Education Christmas Banquet - a very special time at the Currie's. Very "next level" - as everything else has been in this 2006 year. With every day that comes and every thing that happens, I realize how far we have come. And...I can't wait to see what God has in store for 2007. We are at "the tipping point" that's for sure. I feel like we have actually had many mini-tips this year but we are getting ready for a Holy Ghost Tsunami in 2007, I can just feel it! The staff better get their surf boards out because we are getting ready for THE NEXT WAVE.

Other than the banquet tonight, I have been steadily working literally all day long, on the open house for tomorrow. It takes me at least 2-3 days to get ready for it each year, with everything that must be done. So much prepping to do. I try to do a "super cleaning" beyond the norm, and Larry works more on the yard each year. This year he wanted to do lights around the entire house, not just the front, and add another tree in back. So most of his day was spent on that. Aside from my 30 minute workout today (which I determined not to miss no matter what!), I have been prepping non-stop for the open house, cooking, cleaning and the like. Every year it's a ton of work, but every year I love it!!! I never regret doing it. This is part of what I thrive on.

This year I decided to get a few people to help me 2 hours before hand, to do all the "last minute" stuff, being that is when I go into frenzy mode. :-) Making sure every "i" is dotted and every "t" crossed. Some people tell me they wait all year long for me to make certain dishes that I do for this event each year. I am still not done...after church tomorrow I'll be working right up til the time that everybody arrives, but when they do...what a time we'll have! We have 72 people invited...our pastoral staff, admin staff, ministry leaders/dept. heads, and vision team members. It's a time when our house is packed out, and I have little "food stations" with the most scrumptious things you can possibly imagine, and beautiful Christmas music playing. Basically it's like this...I work like a crazy person for 2-3 days to get everything ready but once they get here I go into "June Cleaver" mode and act like it was all a piece of cake. And when they leave I can't wait to do it again next year!

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