When I was studying to become a medical transcriptionist I was warned the industry was changing, so from my first job in the college health clinic I kept looking ahead for adjustments I might need to make.
Pay Attention to Good Management
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations” (Proverbs 27:23-24 NIV).
I need to manage what I have carefully, saving for the future and preparing for the times when things might be harder. The line that says “a crown is not secure” means the places where I hold authority today may not be the same tomorrow, so I need to be aware.
“When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field” (verses 25-26). Nothing beats a good work ethic, bringing in my earnings and caring for them properly. And cultivating multiple ways to increase my assets will bring more security. The part about the goats providing “price of a field” means that I can trade what I produce to invest in additional ways to increase my productivity.
Share the Abundance
“You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants” (verse 27). They key here is the word plenty. Paying careful attention, managing my resources well, will give me more than enough for my family’s needs – enough to share with others.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you created this world to produce plenty under our management. I love being a part of creating increase! Your kindness is overwhelming. Thank you for teaching us your ways.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis