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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

Things I Learned in the Pool

I spent a lot of time in the pool this past week at Club Med. 

Most of the people who were standing around me talking and sipping drinks have lifestyles very different from mine. I listened to them share details about their companies -- the ones they own. Others talked about the homes. Or airplanes. Some of them are downsizing...into homes that are several times the size of mine. Quite a number of them have memberships at Club Med -- one lady enjoying her 17th visit.

Many spoke of their hired help at home. There was talk of nannies and housekeepers and all other sorts of things. Lots of mention of Fifty Shades of Grey. (That's another post for another day!)

Some things I couldn't understand at all - they were spoken in French or Italian. 

There's one thing I noticed.

So many of them weren't happy.

On Wednesday I stood quietly and listened to three couples talk about how painful it is that their grown children have nothing to do with them.

A grandmother shared that her son and daughter in law don't trust her with their children and prefer to have them stay with the "hired help" (this is what she called them) because they know their routine better.

On Thursday a group of women shared that their teenagers are in full blown rebellion. Aside from possessions they talked about, so much of the conversation was dreary. They shared about a general lack of communication in their families, and pain.

I left feeling like the most blessed person in the world.


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