“Profitable Servant”

A client recently stated that she wanted to be a “profitable servant.”  What a wonderful term – and no, that’s not an oxymoron.  The words profit and servant do go together like a hand in a glove.  In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Daniel Lapin addresses the question: “Does God want you to be rich?”  He says, “God wants you to be obsessively preoccupied with the needs of others.”  And guess what, if you do that, wealth will just show up.  When you are alone, you will starve to death.  When you find ways to serve others, you open the door financially. 

For years the motto of the Rotary International organization was simply – “He Profits Most Who Serves Best.”  Sounds like a plan to me.

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8 Responses to ““Profitable Servant””

  1. Deana Goldasich Says:

    Wow, Dan. This is a fantastic reminder of what God’s true calling means. With so much internet and marketing hype around “Make Money Fast” these days, it’s easy to lose our focus on why we chose the work we love in the first place!

  2. Andy Traub Says:

    That IS a great term. aren’t all great service providers really “profitable servants”? I’m going to put that one on the wall and read it often. Blessing brother – Andy Traub “Profitable Servant” thanks to Dan Miller’s teachings.

  3. Jean Burman Says:

    Margaret Lynch has just this week released a program called The Secret of Intentional Wealth. She is a success coach and EFT practitioner who works to remove the emotional blocks and barriers we all have about making money. It’s an interesting psychology that we have been conditioned to believe that wealth is in opposition to Godliness.

    As you say Dan… a profitable servant is of far more value to a greater many people in need than a poor one. I don’t think God discriminates on the basis of wealth or otherwise… the criteria has always been one of goodness. And humility. And compassion.

    It is entirely possible for these qualities to go hand in glove with success and the making of money. It’s all in the way we think about it and act. Integrity is the necessary requisite.

    I wrote about it here just this week! http://jeanburman.com/2009/11/11/1089/

    Cheers Dan… you’re the voice of sense and reason. Thanks for that!

  4. Terry Says:

    I’ve never seen a rich or wealthy burger flipper.

  5. Dan Miller Says:

    But then burger flipping is a very beginning level of service. Hopefully that person will learn the heart of serving and move to an opportunity where they can provide more value than that.

  6. Kurt Vander Bogart Says:

    Even a great burger flipper can serve among kings. Profit may include areas such as friendships, health, sense of accomplishment and much more….

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