“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. 1 In the same way, the one who had two valuable coins gained two more.1 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,
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