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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

Booby


When he was about two years old, Dustin turned to his Dad and inquisitively said, "Daddy, what's a booby?"


My husband thinks up clever answers faster than anyone I know. It tends to work out really great for him in an annual business meeting but I really hate it when we're in an argument and he does it. So upon being asked the booby question he says, "Well, Dustin, it's when you see a bee, but the bee doesn't see you coming and when you get right up on it you turn and yell, 'BOO, BEE!!!' and you scare it. " [sigh] Yes, life with my husband has been quite entertaining.

Last night at church we were getting ready to leave and as usual the pastor's family is the last or almost the last to leave. We were with three other families standing around and talking and Savanna and Jordan noticed the condensation on the glass doors of the sanctuary. This seems to be a magnet for many of the kids of the church and it drives me crazy. I hate seeing any smudges on the doors and wipe them down all the time although Susan (who cleans our church) does a great job cleaning them, somebody's always touching them and messing them up. This is normal for glass doors, I know, but normal things in life often drive me crazy. Spare the jokes about Monk, please. So, back to my story...

The kids noticed the condensation on the door so one went over and wrote BOO on the door with their finger. Never mind that church was over and almost everyone was gone...it just irks me to see something written on the door even if nobody's in the building. Well before I could run over and erase BOO, the other sibling comes over and writes, "BY"next to "BOO" on the door...bringing the word to "BOOBY."

So I turn to Becca and Bethany (also PK's) who are standing with me and I said, "leave it to two pastor's kids to write 'booby' on the doors of the church." They hysterically laughed, because how well they understood. They've done some crazy stuff in their time. It's just what PK's do. It keeps their parents humble.

I erased the word.

We locked up the church and went home.

I wonder where my kids get the nerve to do things like this, but then I stop and realize that I might be the only person in the ministry who has written an entire blog post entitled "Booby." :)


Comments

Ruth, PA said…
Deanna, once again you (and your husband) made me laugh out loud!!
Thanks! ;)
Amy said…
Love it, love it, love it!!! At the end of the day PK's are, after all, just kids. In the same way, Pastors and pastor's wives are simply men and women. This is a great read, and I commend you for writing an entire blog post entitled "Booby". :)
Melissa said…
Oh my goodness! I was tickled at the start and lost it at the end. I think Sean thought I had bust a gasket! I laughed so hard! It's always good to laugh! :) Yes PKs definitely keep you humble!

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