Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Dear Colleagues,

YOU CANT LOSE WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY. Wisdom from Guerdon Ely: (1 of 2) 1

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 Youve done it, youve reached financial security. Twenty-five years ago as a young financial advisor, I heard that tag line for a television commercial and I actually audibly responded to the TV, Thats a lie; there is no such thing as financial security.

Dont wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.  (Prov. 23:4,5)

It would be nice if we lived in a world of certainty but we live in a world of chance. A smoker lives a long life and a jogger dies young, the best relay team drops the baton, a presidential election is decided by 327 disputed votes, and on 9/11 a person is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Chance can destroy a great plan and reward a sloppy one.

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.  Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. (Ecc. 9:11, 12)

You can avoid a lot of financial disasters, but because of chance you cant eliminate them all. The unforeseen and the unknown are always lurking in the shadows. I was sharing a story the other day with a good friend about a school principal who was afraid that Y2K was going to cause a total financial collapse. So he sold everything and moved into a cabin in the woods, where he could be self-sufficient. Y2K turned out to be a non-issue but his attempt to avoid a perceived disaster resulted in a real disaster when his propane tank exploded, killing him. My friend related her own story about a co-speaker at a conference who was afraid to fly, so he arranged to have his speech video-conferenced from his office, the Twin Towers, on September 11, 2001, where he died.

The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them bothThe lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].  (Ecc. 2:14 NIV; Prov. 16:33 Amp.) (See I Kings 22:29-38)

1 Credit Mr. Guerdon Ely Financial Planner, Chico, CA Scriptures added by Dwight Hill

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