“Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:3-9, KJV).
A Frivolous Attitude
Traders who don’t take their trading seriously will find their trading falling “by the way side” and devoured by the birds (their frivolous attitude). Trading demands meticulousness. Details, details . . . always details. Ignore them at your peril. Imagine a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds where the ignored details of your trading turn into a massive flock of birds and attack you. You would be deemed guilty of “fowl” play.
Traders who become entrenched in their rigid opinions (stony places) about trading can be “scorched” by their own anger when their rigid opinions don’t bear fruit. Opinions that don’t reflect the constantly changing market need to be burned away. You need flexible trading concepts that have deep roots in the market’s soil.
Thorns make a good defensive hedge . . . not in the trading sense but emotionally. If not having all the answers for trading success threatens you emotionally, then you will be less likely to embrace new ideas that might be effective. Your hedge of thorns will choke the new ideas before they bear fruit.
A Blossoming Attitude
Instead of a grain of wheat bearing fruit, imagine flowers blossoming. An intuitive trading attitude spiritually rooted in God can only blossom many-fold. Let your mind become a many-petaled flower watered by God’s truth.