Ecclesiastes 11 (New Living Translation)
The Uncertainties of Life
1 Send your grain across the seas,
and in time, profits will flow back to you.
2 But divide your investments among many places,
for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.
Or take some alternative advice from Mark Twain, in Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894):
“Put all your eggs in one basket — and watch that basket!”
3 When clouds are heavy, the rains come down.
Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls.
4 Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
— Helen Keller
“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.”
— T.S. Eliot
“Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor.”
“Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called ‘sure-thing-taking.'”
— Jim McMahon
5 Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
6 Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.
Advice for Old . . .
7Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning. 8 When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember there will be many dark days. Everything still to come is meaningless.
. . . and Young
9 Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. 10 So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless.
For young and old alike, it is a comfort to know that we are never forgotten, or even neglected, by our Heavenly Father. The Lord will never leave us or forsake us!
HERE is “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” sung by Carabella.
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