“Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again[...]Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that or whether both will do equally well.” -Ecclesiastes
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When I was sixteen and still very immature in my faith, my idea of reading the bible was openning the gold lined pages up to where ever God should magically guide me. Sometimes I was disappointed if it openned up, for example, to books such as Numbers or Songs of Solomon and would than close it and try again! There were though a few weeks, possibly a full month, where literally every time I openned the bible, usually in this fashion, I came to Ecclesiastes 11, entitled Bread Upon the Waters. What was this chapter all about? I wondered. Unfortunately, it took me blowing an inheritance that I came into at 18 years of age as well as missing many opportunities before my eyes were openned to see was this chapter meant. Only than did I see that it was talking about using money wisely and putting it into many different accounts(since one may succeed and another fail) so that you will not only conserve and gain but also have the resources to help those in need and thus be helped when you yourself are in need. Thus bread is a metaphor for money.
Though I missed this important message for far too long, I am so thankful that I have married a man who lives these prinicipals out in his life. Rick not only casts our money wisely upon the waters, wisely using and investing it while giving as well, but he also makes wise career moves and in a company where many of his fellow employees have been fired because of incompetence, he works all the harder to prove what is already known by his boss; that he is a competent and hard worker. When free-lance jobs come his way, he takes them. When other possible job opportunities arise, he gives them a chance knowing that even the experience of a phone-interview is vital. He lives his life calmly but savvily and I am just very blessed. We do not know what disasters may be fall us so it is wise to be smart!
No matter where God leads us in the paths ahead, I pray that he will help us and especially me to remember that our money is ultimately His money and that He is the great financial planner who desires faithfulness, wise-usage and generous giving from us all.