Ancient wisdom for today (10)

August 10th 2012, Day 10, Proverbs 10

“Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart; go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid.” Proverbs 10: 5 (The Message)

The trouble with this one is that sometimes it feels like the best season for enjoying what we already have is the very season when we need to be working to invest in the next season.

I was chatting with someone recently about the way in which large, successful organisations sometimes set themselves up for failure in the longer term by failing to continue to innovate once they become successful…

If that’s a danger time for large organisations with huge resources – how much more so for you an me, with our (mostly) limited resources.

I guess that harks back to the old-fashioned idea of ‘saving for a rainy day’ – or even further back to the story in the Old Testament of God’s servant Joseph who advised the ruler of Egypt that there would be seven years of good harvest followed by seven years of famine and that the best plan would be to stores aside in the good years to see them through the tough years.

You and I rarely get a personal ‘Joseph’ visit so maybe we have to learn from what’s written down for us and make the most of today.