Surviving job loss through the application of the principle of Ruth’s heart requires the following five steps:
• As a first step, the man made a self-assessment of all the valuable things he could give (sow) in somebody else.
• As a second step, if the self-assessment brings many things you can invest, you need to evaluate the potential of each and select only a few. In the case of the steward, he selected a rebate of the outstanding debt balance
• As a third step, he made a brainstorm to find out the ideal profile of the groups of people he can invest into. In his case, it was his boss’s debtors
• As a fourth step, he determined an implementation strategy for his investment (same amount to everyone or personalized amount?).
• As a fifth step, he quickly took action.
What is also amazing in the story is that the boss wasn’t mad at his steward taking upon himself the authority to give rebates on his boss’s money.
Rather, the boss praised the wisdom of his employee, in choosing to apply the principle of Ruth’s heart as a solution to overcoming job loss.
And in His conclusion about this parable, Jesus also praised the steward through this statement: "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home» (Luke 16:9)
We can extract a powerful sub-principle from that statement alone:
Even if you are currently employed, it would be very beneficial to you to perform the skills self-assessment exercise and start investing your skills in other people.
You can do that, while still employed.
The best way to coping with job loss is to be fully prepared before it comes, if it does. There is no such thing as job security anymore.