Diligence Is a Tough Word to Face
I could make all kinds of excuses, but I don’t like excuses. So I’m simply going to say I’m sorry. I should have kept up the regular contact for this website. My attention became focused on other subjects.
Please forgive me.
As I was reading in Proverbs this past week, a scripture stood out to me strongly:
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
Prov 21:5, KJV
Let’s look at it in the Amplified version.
“The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.”
I’ve run up against that passage a few times in my life.
Back before I started my internet business I was always after some way to get rich quick.
My wife was so patient with me. We had a basement full of garbage from MLM companies.
I’ve ran up against this even while being in business when looking for easier shortcuts.
There was a time I even lost $100,000 on a real estate investment that could be described by this verse. Even though I prayer about that investment, being impatient and hasty still caused the loss.
When you lose one hundred thousand cash that was in your bank previously, yes, you feel it.
And we won’t even get into my little foray into day trading.
It wasn’t pretty.
The thoughts of the steadily diligent lead to profits and prosperity.
Haste and impatience leads to poverty.
Here’s one of the definitions of diligent from Webster’s Dictionary:
“Steady in application to business; constant in effort or exertion to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduous; attentive; industrious; not idle or negligent; applied to persons.”
That’s not easy to do.
It’s much easier in today’s hurried lifestyle to be impatient.
No wonder Jesus used planting so often in his stories.
If you’re tending crops, you’ve got to be out there working hard. You’ve got to invest the time in expectation for the return that’s coming someday.
And you have to steadily take care of those crops, protecting them from the weeds which would invade.
Our businesses are like that.
It’s easy to let important things fall by the side.
There are so many elements you manage and take care of in a business, just like someone who is farming.
There are all kinds of promises out there about quick results…and immediate income.
And the grass really does always appear greener on the other side.
Back when I lived in Hagerstown, Indiana I saw how true that expression is. Our neighbors had a cow named Oscar that always came up to the fence and stuck his head through to eat the grass on our side of the fence.
We always called him our nearest next door neighbor.
But we can’t be like Oscar.
God has put a dream in our hearts. He has put a vision in our minds. And we can work alongside him to accomplish those goals.
It’s not about what anyone else is doing or what they’ve accomplished.
Anytime we get into comparing ourselves with others, there will be problems. We’ll either think of how great of a job we’ve done or we’ll get hard on ourselves for not measuring up.
You’re not responsible for anyone else’s path.
But you are responsible for yours. What steps have you taken today to move toward it? Are you following the dream God has given you with diligence?
Or has impatience held you back…and took advantage of you.
“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”