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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

When did Christmas become about romance?

"When somebody wants you...somebody needs you
Christmas is a joy of joy...but friends when you're lonely
You'll find that it's only...a thing for little girls and little boys..."
 ~ The Christmas Blues, Dean Martin

Really?!  Somebody please notify God that evidently what He did wasn't enough.

I was listening to the radio the other day and this song came on and all of a sudden I just really felt irked.  

Angry!

So many people complain about the commercialization of Christmas but what about the romanticism?  Really, it's just as bad.  If we're going to complain about people who have turned it into nothing but buying and selling and hustle and bustle and Santa and Frosty, let's also come to grips with those who turn it into nothing but kissing and hugging around the fire.

I mean, really...did Christ come to earth so you could get engaged?
Did He come so you could make out with somebody under a piece of hanging foliage?

No.  

I for one am tired of songs and attitudes that indicate that if a person is single at Christmas time it's all a moot point and you might as well bide your time until the holidays are over.  Some singles say, "Bah Humbug!  I have no one to share this with!"  Really.  I never realized this was all about you.  I mean, if you get engaged at Christmas or you are happy or grateful to be in a relationship, awesome...my point is just that it has nothing to do with the purpose of the season.  

Christmas isn't about your romance, not about how much affection you are or are not getting, not even about whether you have someone to eat ham with.  It's about the fact that Christ came to earth as Immanuel, God with us, to one day give His life for us on the cross and make everything possible, married, single, divorced, widowed, or whatever relational status we find ourselves in.  The only relationship status this has to do with is the one between  each of us as individuals and Jesus Christ.

Two of my very closest friends, Michele and Sue are single and they would never give anybody this load of crap for even two seconds that Christmas is horrible because they are single.  That's part of the reason why they ARE two of my best friends -- because they are both strong spiritual women who realize one is a whole number.  They know that Christmas is about more than whether a man is getting them a ring, or whether they are going to be making out with them by the tree. 

The next time I hear, "Every kiss begins with Kay" on my TV this week, I'm snapping it off!   Christmas is about more than if "somebody wants you" or "somebody needs you".  

Somebody does want me.  
Somebody does need me.
His name is Jesus and He came and gave His life for me. 
Thank you Jesus, and...happy birthday.

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