Ecclesiastes 11.1

Cast your bread upon the waters,
for you will find it after many days.
Give a portion to seven, or even to eight,
for you know not what evil may happen on earth. (RSV)

Way back when, farmers tended to pay a great deal of heed to their own (and I guess any visiting expert’s) opinion about the weather. The model for the above message is plant seeds while the floods are still there. The seeds will be distributed nice and evenly because initially they’ll float. Eventually they’ll absorb some water and sink into the moist soil. Birds are unlikely to take seeds from off water, and by the time they can get to them the seeds are starting to sprout.

But here’s the key – don’t plant one seed and expect a loaf of bread. Things go wrong. Evil may happen on earth. As it does. Expect to lose 12% or more. 12 x 8 = 96 i.e. more than 12%.

So, what’s the big message here?

There’s two.

First, do more than you think it’ll take. It’s kind of like Murphy’s law. I hate these kinds of cliches, but it does seem to be the law of the universe – abundance is the best approach, because evil happens. Give abundant service. Communicate abundantly. Save abundantly.

Second, be open to new opportunities – more than 12% will have evil happen – and that’s probably in the first year. There’s a good model for running your own business. Cast your bread upon the waters.

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