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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

How to avoid a bad day

Nobody's life is perfect. I know you probably have a few people that you think have near perfect lives, but really, they don't.  There are those who have fulfilling lives, who are happy. But nobody escapes challenges in life. Not the rich, not the well-connected nor the educated. Nobody!

We look at people who are granted great responsibilities in life and we think, "Wow. What a privilege it must be to lead this or that." Yes, it's a privilege, and it also comes with a price.  I've learned the more people and things I'm responsible for, the greater my challenges.

So what's the key to waking up and having a good day in spite of all that's pressing on you?

I can only tell you what I personally do, and that is determine my contribution to the day. Aside from the skills and talents I will use to get various things done it starts with my decision of what the other ingredients I'm going to include. For me, gratitude is the biggest ingredient that must go in to a good day. There isn't a good day that doesn't include it!

Whatever I'm facing, there's a temptation to look at all that I don't have rather than what I do have. I start by thanking God for all that He is, and all He's provided.  I follow through on my decision to include it by thanking Him throughout the day, and cultivating an even more grateful heart. Developing more gratitude in  your life starts with thanking God for everything.  Recognize God's love for you in everything around you.


Yesterday I thanked him for the blooming azaleas that were on either side of me as I rode my bike down the trail I always ride. He put them there just for me. They were a gorgeous fuschia and white. Glorious eye candy!  I thank Him for a simple cup of coffee.  I thank him for the friend who had it in mind to call me and say, "You're on my heart...how are you?"

I've noticed that people having bad days that only seem to get worse and develop into weeks or months of bad with no improvement or breakthrough often keep rehearsing everything that's wrong around them. 


When obstacles surround me, I remind myself - without God and His love and care they would be so much harder!

Comments

Melissa said…
Wow! Eye candy for sure! I can just imagine how beautiful that ride was! Love you and praying for you my friend!
Thanks - I love you,and appreciate you.

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