11 Do good things everywhere you go.[a] After a while the good you do will return to help you. 2 Invest what you have in several different businesses. You don’t know what bad things might happen on earth.
3 If clouds are full of rain, they will pour water on the earth. A tree can fall to the north or south. But it will stay where it falls. 4 If a person waits for perfect weather, he will never plant his seeds. And if he is afraid that every cloud will bring rain, he will never harvest his crops.
5 You don’t know where the wind will blow. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s body. In the same way, God certainly made all things. But you can’t understand what he is doing. 6 Begin planting early in the morning, and don’t stop working until evening. This is because you don’t know which things you do will succeed. It is even possible that everything you do will succeed.
Serve God While You Are Young
7 It is good to be alive to enjoy the light of day. 8 A person ought to enjoy every day of his life. This is true no matter how long he lives. But he should also remember this: You will be dead much longer than you live. After you are dead, you accomplish nothing. 9 Young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young. Be happy while you are young. Do whatever your heart desires. Do whatever you want to do. But remember that God will judge you for everything you do. 10 So avoid sorrow and sadness. Forget about all the bad things that happen to you. This is because the joys of youth pass quickly away.
11:1Do good . . . go. Literally, “Throw your bread upon the water.”
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