I’m back from vacation rested and refreshed.  We had a great trip and I’m still catching up, so this will be a brief post today.  While we were in Napa, we stayed at the Milliken Creek Inn.  Whenever I shop for vacations, I look for bargains – not necessarily the cheapest but the best deal.  For example, I got a great deal on a convertible for our stay in California. 

Also, when I pay for something, I intend to get the maximum use out of it.  Therefore, when we took a drive along the scenic 17-Mile Drive in Carmel and Monterey, I had the top down the whole time even though it was about 50 degrees and overcast.

Anyway, I’m the bargain hunter when it comes to vacations and Sara is most decisively not.  For our accommodations in Napa; however, she hit a home run.  Upon check in we were told that we had been upgraded to a luxury suite… the best one on the property.  It was set apart from the rest of the inn and they used it as their honeymoon suite.  It was unbelievable!  I cannot imagine anything they could have done to make that place any nicer without being over the top.

When we returned, I went on their website to see what the rate was on the room.  It was about twice what we paid for the room we originally reserved.  This is actually pretty smart on their behalf.  Not only did they fill up their occupancy rates while we were there, but they thoroughly impressed us.  Now we’re telling everyone how nice their inn is… including all the doctors with whom Sara works.

Sure their profit margin was reduced on our stay, but by providing us with more than we expected, they gained two advocates for their business.  Now apply this mentality to the work you do every day.  Whether it is in your business, at home, or volunteer work, you never know who you may be serving.  Common knowledge tells us that any job worth doing is worth doing right.  Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

Like I said, you never know who you are serving, so serve well. 

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