Blessed… You Can’t Always Do Safe

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was leaving on a trip. He called his servants and handed his possessions over to them.  To one he gave five valuable coins, and to another he gave two, and to another he gave one. He gave to each servant according to that servant’s ability. Then he left on his journey. “After the man left, the servant who had five valuable coins took them and went to work doing business with them. He gained five more. In the same way, the one who had two valuable coins gained two more.But the servant who had received the one valuable coin dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. “Now after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five valuable coins came forward with five additional coins. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five valuable coins. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Excellent! You are a good and faithful servant! You’ve been faithful over a little. I’ll put you in charge of much. Come, celebrate with me.’ “The second servant also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two valuable coins. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done! You are a good and faithful servant. You’ve been faithful over a little. I’ll put you in charge of much. Come, celebrate with me.’ “Now the one who had received one valuable coin came and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man. You harvest grain where you haven’t shown. You gather crops where you haven’t spread seed. So I was afraid. And I hid my valuable coin in the ground. Here, you have what’s yours.’ “His master replied, ‘You evil and lazy servant! You knew that I harvest grain where I haven’t sown and that I gather crops where I haven’t spread seed?  In that case, you should have turned my money over to the bankers so that when I returned, you could give me what belonged to me with interest.  Therefore, take from him the valuable coin and give it to the one who has ten coins.  Those who have much will receive more, and they will have more than they need. But as for those who don’t have much, even the little bit they have will be taken away from them.  Now take the worthless servant and throw him outside into the darkness.’ “People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth (Matthew 25:14-30, Common English Bible).

The CEO was to go on a sabbatical leave. Before going on leave, he one managers in charge of the outside sales. Another he left in charge of the telemarketing department. The third he left the sales counter in his headquarters.

The first manager set new sales goals for all outside sales reps. As a result, he saw the department sales revenue double in his first quarter running the department.

The second manager brought new innovation to the telemarketing department. In the same quarter,  he saw the telemarketing departments sales revenues double.

The third man’s changes were to reduce the number of employees who were in the department. He also eliminated the department’s overtime budget. As a result, in the same quarter, while salary expense in the department went down and the overtime budget was completely eliminated, the sales revenues failed to remain even stagnant. The quarter showed much lower revenues for the inside sales counter.

With the arrival of the end of the quarter, the CEO returned to work and called in his three managers for accounting. He inquired of the first manager about his actions during the CEO’s leave. “Sir, I changed the sales goals for all outside sales representatives. As a result revenues for my department doubled.”

“Well done. And, how about the telemarketing department?” The CEO asked as he turned to the second manager.

“I brought in new innovations to telemarketing. As a result, the revenues in the telemarketing department doubled.”

“Well done to you as well. How about the inside sales counter?”

“Sir, I knew you were a hard boss. I knew you fired employees for little reason and then had the personnel department work to deny their unemployment benefits. So I eliminated salary expense at the sales counter and eliminated over time in my department. It did save some money but we also had a marked reduction in sales revenues for the quarter.”

“So you say you knew I was a difficult boss, did you? You knew I fired employees for little reason and then tried to deny their unemployment benefits? As a result, you reduced expenses but didn’t bother to notice the reduction in revenue. At the very least you should have left the current policies in place. At least revenue would have remained stagnant. Good luck with your unemployment benefits. Take the inside sales counter and give it to the outside sales department and take this worthless manager and have him pack his stuff and show him the door.”

Friends, we are called to be people who step out, who move forward. We are called to be people who step up and move past the simple, easy way out. We are called to step out and step up for God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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