Skip to main content

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

Are you talking to the right people?

We need to have conversations with the people we're supposed to have conversations with.

What a revolutionary thought!

This didn't come out of my head -- I wish it did. It's brilliant. But I have to give credit to T.D. Jakes, one of my favorite preachers. Larry taped an interview for me the other night -- Oprah had Jakes as her guest on a special that she did. I couldn't wait to watch it and sure enough, it was rich with truth. He just has a way of cutting to the heart of an issue every time.

Here's what he brought forward that was so eye-opening, and really it goes along with what I've been experiencing with the "four steps." 

He said that when we have conflict or hurt in our lives and we don't discuss it with the person who caused the pain, we will always end up having "that conversation" with somebody else! 

Many times we take out on other people that which has nothing to do with them, and that which they can't change or heal!

"Have the conversation with the person you need to have the conversation with!" he said.

I realized a few important things after watching that show. I hope my takeaways will help you too.

1)  Sometimes I have had "the conversation" with people, we seek mutual understanding and it goes well. Thank God for those occasions!

2)  Other times I have had "the conversation" with people  and unfortunately, they didn't want to hear, listen or seek to understand. These qualify as some of the most painful moments of life.

3) In the biggest case of pain in my life where this occurred, I now realize that to try to re-hash the conversation while they didn't seek to understand (or even lied to me) only hurt worse and didn't change anything. Continuing to try to have "the conversation" with a person like this only adds more pain. I now know that moving on after the conversation, and seeking healing between God and me was the right thing to do. 

4) Some people struggle with a conversation they should have had with someone who died. In this case I believe it would be productive to write out feelings in a letter to that person, or even have a one-way conversation, imagining them in the chair in front of you, getting out your feelings.  If we don't have a one way conversation like this directed at the one who is gone, we will probably end up re-hashing it with a bunch of people who are still alive, and doing damage to those relationships.

5)  All of this makes me realize that when things happen I need to make sure I'm having "the conversation" with the right person so everyone else in my life doesn't needlessly suffer from pain somebody else caused.


Jessica Smith said…
Great post Deanna!!! Got me thinking!!! Always a joy to read it with my cup of coffee in the mornings.
It's a joy to me that you read, my friend. I know that if I get anything psychologically off, you can reel me back I love you, lady!

Popular posts from this blog

Some people will never understand this...

And that's okay. Just let us be as we lavish love upon the fur-kids of the world. It doesn't mean we don't care about people. We do care. In fact most of the people I know who are great pet lovers are also the greatest philanthropists. If you're not a dog lover, you might not understand the overwhelming intensity that many of us felt about Tank's reunion this past week. You might think we've lost our marbles. That's okay, we think you've lost your heart. ;)  Before I go on with this post, let me say that we were delighted that CBS 10 posted the video and article about Tank and his Celebration Church reunion yesterday. Click here to watch it. (But then come back!) If you haven't realized it, there is a revolution in America about dogs. Dogs have always been loved and known as the most loyal companions ~ "man's best friend". But things have gone way beyond this. Dogs aren't just dogs or friends anymore. They are family me

Fifty Shades of No Way

This weekend, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will be released and millions of women are expected to flock to the theat er s.  I will not be one of those women.   As a leader of women , some have asked me about this movie. The following is my thoughtful response. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world. The book series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and been translated into 52 languages. It set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time.   Is Fifty Shades of Grey just a harmless book or movie? Although n o one seems to be debating this fact, let’s first establish that it’s pornography.  And not just porn, but a genre that is even more dangerous for women. The book glorifies a female character that is controlled and abused by her partner.   Who is excited about this book and mov ie? Hmmmm….you might be surprised. Many women and girls in our churches have read it. Sadly, I am even aware of

Relevant Church doing something...

incredibly RELEVANT!

I just heard some news today that really inspired me. A church here in Tampa, Relevant Church is doing a new thing this month called the "30 Days Sex Challenge." (I've never visited the church but Pastor Trinity - our children's pastor - has visited or has met some people from this church and he was very impressed.) Realizing that this is a major element missing from some marriages (the frequency factor) their lead pastor, Paul Wirth, has issued a challenge for all the married couples to have sex for 30 days in a row. At the same time he has issued a challenge for all unmarrieds to completely abstain from sex. Of course we know the Bible says that those who are unmarried should not have sex in the first place but the point is, a lot of unmarried's aren't obeying the Lord's command to abstain and this is just one pastor's way of trying to get them to see that indeed, there is a better way! (God's way!) At the same time, many married couples are not