At Dayspring Technologies Turning to God for Daily Bread Applies to Cash Reserves (Video)
Tech company founder Chi-Ming Chien applies Matthew 6:11 to his company’s financial practices. For Dayspring Technologies, relying on God for daily bread means only keeping 3 months of cash reserves on hand.
We spent time studying the Lord’s prayer at one point. I think it was Stanley Hauerwas’ Lord Teach Us. And the thing that struck me out of that was that translation “our daily bread” was appropriately described as a soldier’s ration. And so that says a few things. One that it’s enough. But it’s not more than what’s enough.
And so that undergirds that we don’t need to have everything figured out before we step forward. What God promises is not the 10-year vision, or the 50-year vision, or the 5-year plan to scale. What God promises is presence, company, and provision for what’s the step up ahead.
One of the ways we practiced that for our company in particular is that we’ve set a target for our cash reserves at 3 months. I’ve spoken with some people who might feel like that’s crazy. How do you run a business with just 3 months of cash reserves? For us it’s been more of a discipline. We don’t build up or accumulate in a way that doesn’t require us to practice dependence on God.
I think it enables us to be generous with our time. It enables us to practice the reality of a God who’s abundant, rather than a God who’s stingy. Or practice the reality of abundance instead of scarcity.
This video serves as an illustration to the TOW Bible Commentary article Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (Matthew 6:11).