Getting Ahead: Beyond the Normal


In making business decisions I know that it is necessary to look at all of the available information before making a commitment.

Very successful companies are built on doing market analysis. There are many tools available to assist us in making proper decisions, however, nothing is absolute. Market analysis is only a study of what has happened in the past and an estimate of what might happen in the future based on human response.

Even the engineering that our building codes are based on is only a fact of the past and an educated guess of what might happen in the future. The oil gushing from a ruptured pipe in the gulf is proof of that. Bridges that have fallen are still another reminder that even our best efforts have an element of trial and error to them.

On the other hand I have witnessed accomplishments from people who did not seem to have a chance of making them work.

These accomplishments are things that a market analysis would doom to failure. Many of them do not make sense from an engineering stand point. These ideas are driven from people’s hearts. They believe deeply in what they are trying to do and they will not give up. Those that discovered worlds, invented marvels, and conquered the impossible were such people.

Do you suppose there could be wonderful things we are missing out on because we do not have the faith to believe? Are there some things that can only be proven by our heart? Could it be that our heart is trying to tell us of these things but our lives are so busy that we cannot hear what it is trying to say to us?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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