God does not want His work to be continually embarrassed
with debt. When it seems desirable to add to the buildings or other facilities
of an institution, beware of going beyond your means. Better to defer the
improvements until Providence shall open the way for them to be made without
contracting heavy debts and having to pay interest.
The publishing houses have been made places of deposit
by our people, and have thus been enabled to furnish means to support branches
of the work in different fields, and have aided in carrying other enterprises.
This is well. None too much has been done in these lines. The Lord sees
it all. But, from the light He has given me, every effort should be made
to stand free from debt.
In the Publishing House
The publishing work was founded in self-denial, and
should be conducted upon strictly economical principles. The question of
finance can be managed, if, when there is a pressure for means, the workers
will consent to a reduction in wages. This was the principle the Lord revealed
to me to be brought into our institutions. When money is scarce, we should
be willing to restrict our wants.
Let the proper estimate be placed upon the publications,
and then let all in our publishing houses study to economize in every possible
way, even though considerable inconvenience is thus caused. Watch the little
outgoes. Stop every leak. It is the little losses that tell heavily in
the end. Gather up the fragments; let nothing
be lost. Waste not the minutes in talking; wasted minutes mar the hours.
Persevering diligence, working in faith, will always be crowned with success.
Some think it beneath their dignity to look after small
things. They think it the evidence of a narrow mind and a niggardly spirit.
But small leaks have sunk many a ship. Nothing that would serve the purpose
of any should be allowed to waste. A lack of economy will surely bring
debt upon our institutions. Although much money may be received, it will
be lost in the little wastes of every branch of the work. Economy is not
Every man or woman employed in the publishing house
should be a faithful sentinel, watching that nothing be wasted. All should
guard against supposed wants that require an expenditure of means. Some
men live better on four hundred dollars a year than others do on eight
hundred. Just so it is with our institutions; some persons can manage them
with far less capital than others can. God desires all the workers to practice
economy, and especially to be faithful accountants.--7T
Saving Expense Through Careful Sanitarium Management
Those connected with our institutions need to study
how to save expense, so that the institutions shall not become involved
in debt. Wisdom must be shown in the matter of purchasing. Money must be
made to go as far as possible. By careful management, many dollars may
Expenditures should not be made unless they are warranted
by the means in hand. There are those connected with our institutions
who incur debts that might be avoided. Perhaps unnecessary expense is
to beautify the building. Money is often used to gratify taste and inclination.
Every Worker to be a Producer
Let everyone now strive with courage and activity to
save rather than to spend. Say to those who are willing to consume without
producing, It is my duty to economize in every line. I cannot encourage
extravagance. I cannot let means go out of my hands to purchase that which
is not needed.
From the highest to the lowest, God's workmen are to
study to economize. Let each one say to himself, I am to restrain
in myself any inclination to spend means unnecessarily. Let those who work
in God's service be producers as well as consumers. Look at the greatness
of the work, and restrain the unchristian inclination to spend money for
self-gratification. Count the cost of the thing you desire to buy.
This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to stand
in his lot and in his place. Let each one try to produce something. Those
in God's work should be willing to help wherever help is needed. They should
make their expenditures as few as possible; for necessities will
arise where every dollar will be needed to carry forward the Lord's work.
The employment of helpers, for indoor and outdoor work,
is a matter that needs careful consideration. The managers of our institutions
are to be careful and prudent. They should not engage large numbers of
helpers unless it is a positive necessity. In this matter mistakes are
Employees a Part of the Firm
The helpers in our institutions should act as though
they were a part of the firm. They should not think that they must work
only for a certain number of hours each day.
When emergencies arise, and extra help is needed, they should respond willingly
and cheerfully. They should feel an intense interest in the success of
the institution for which they are working. Thus others are encouraged
to work interestedly and conscientiously.
Christ said, "Gather up the fragments, that nothing
be lost." Let those who act any part in our institutions heed this instruction.
Let them take care that there is no waste in the spiritual and temporal
supplies which the Lord provides. Economy is to be learned by the educators
and taught to the helpers. And by precept and example parents should teach
their children the science of making a small amount go as far as possible.
Many poor families are poor because they spend their money as soon as they
The one who occupies the position of cook in a sanitarium
should be trained to habits of economy. He should realize that no food
is to be wasted.
"Not Slothful in Business"
The word of inspiration tells us that we are to be
"not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord." Let all
who are connected with our sanitariums take hold of their work interestedly
and earnestly. If helpers have not learned the science of being quick,
let them begin at once to train themselves in this line, or else consent
that their wages shall be proportionate to the amount of work done. Every
day nurses and helpers should become more efficient, more all-round and
helpful. They can individually help themselves to reach a higher and still
higher standard as the Lord's helping hand. Let those who are naturally
slow train themselves day by day to do their work more quickly, and at
the same time carefully. . . .
Those who receive pay for their labor should put in
good time. They should be producers as well as consumers. As they obtain
an education in these lines, they will become more and more able to do
perfectly the work assigned to them. They will be ready to take hold of
the work in any place.--Letter 87, 1901.
Economy in School Management
Economy must be practiced in every line to keep afloat,
and not be drowned with debts; but there is to be an increase in the sum
paid for tuition. This was presented to me while in Europe, and has been
presented since to you and our schools. And the problem, "How shall our
schools keep out of debt?" will always remain a problem until there are
wiser calculations. Charge higher rates for students' educational advantages,
and then let persons have the management in cooking who know how to save
and economize. Let the best talent be secured, even if good, reasonable
wages have to be paid. The binding about the edges is essential. When these
precautions are attended to, you will not have increasing debts in your
schools. . . .
The Students to Cooperate
Some will say, "We shall have fewer students." This
may be; but those that you do have will appreciate their time, and see
the necessity of diligent work to qualify them for the positions they must
fill. If the Lord is kept ever before the students as the One to whom they
should look for counsel, like Daniel, they will receive of Him knowledge
and wisdom. All will then become channels of light. Lay the matter before
the students themselves. Inquire who of them will practice self-denial
and make sacrifice to cancel the debt already incurred. With some students
only the willing mind is needed.
God help the managers of our schools never to allow
the outgo to exceed the income, if the school has to be closed. There has
not been the talent that is needed in the management of our schools financially.
These things God will require of the managers. Every needless, expensive
habit is to be laid aside, every unnecessary indulgence cut away. When
the principles so manifestly indicated by the word of God to all schools,
are taken hold of as earnestly as they should be, the debts will not accumulate.--Letter
Guarding School Finance
Especially should the president of a school look carefully
after the finances of the institution. He should understand the underlying
principles of bookkeeping. He is faithfully to report the use of all monies
passing through his hands for the use of the school. The funds of the school
are not to be overdrawn, but every effort is to be made to increase the
usefulness of the school. Those entrusted with the financial management
of our educational institutions, must allow no carelessness in the expenditure
of means. Everything connected with the finances of our schools should
be perfectly straight. The Lord's way must be strictly followed, though
this may not be in harmony with the ways of man. . . .
If you are tempted to appropriate the money coming
into the school, in ways that bring no special benefit to the school, your
standard of principle needs to be carefully criticized, that the time may
not come when you will have to be criticized and found wanting. Who is
your bookkeeper? Who is your treasurer? Who is your business manager? Are
they careful and competent? Look to this. It is possible for money to be
misappropriated, without anyone's understanding clearly how
it came about; and it is possible for a school to be losing continually
because of unwise expenditures. Those in charge may feel this loss keenly,
and yet suppose they have done their best. But why do they permit debts
to accumulate? Let those in charge of a school find out each month the
true financial standing of the school.--MS 65, 1906.
Shun Debt as Leprosy
Economy should be exercised in everything connected
with the school. Those who come to the school generally leave homes that
are unadorned, where they have been accustomed to eat simple food without
a number of courses. They are accustomed to plain, hearty food at noon.
It would be better for all to have only a simple evening meal. There must
be a strict regard to economy or a heavy debt will be incurred. Keep within
bounds. Shun the incurring of debt as you would shun leprosy.--Letter 60,