Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Diligence Is a Tough Word to Face

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diligenceIt’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to my Christian business blog.

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.”
Proverbs 22:29

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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13 Responses to “Diligence Is a Tough Word to Face”
  1. James Zedd says:

    Great post here Terry. I’ve often been a great believer in Proverbs 22:29 … the more you dedicate yourself to your craft, the more you will want it to become better and grow. Then God will place you where you need to be.

    Glad to get your emails. God bless.

  2. Angela says:

    Thank you Terry, I needed to be reminded of this. I haven’t been chasing someone else’s dream but I haven’t been real patient with my own either. It’s real hard for me to just sit back and do nothing to make things happen a little quicker. I am learning to trust in God and until I can trust Him completely I fear that I will remain right where I am, no clients, no income and asking myself if this is the right business.

    I am using my own experiences with arthritis and fibromyalgia to help others to take control of their health issues by arming themselves with information. It makes their conversations with their doctors go smoother because they are able to ask the right questions. Unfortunately I have no clients and I’m on a very fixed budget and no extra to put towards proper advertising. But I haven’t given up my dream of helping others.

  3. Vern Brown says:

    WOW!! Now that is the way to “comeback”!
    Excellent teaching, thanks. I believe everyone of us ‘Christians’ should be “leading the way”, no matter what field of endeavour we are in. “Let our light so shine”, is not just a saying, but should be a ‘command’!
    On the ‘business’ side: Thank you again for all the help and encouragement. It is good to know people like you [and others] who are proof that our Father is in control, even in the business/internet sector!!
    BE BLESSED!!

  4. Angel Ortiz says:

    Many thanks, Terry. Whit these words, God speakes with us. We need to remain the truth of our faith and our lifes in Christ. I am an agricultor in Colombia. I am produce flowers (proteas) and is very important to see any bussines according to this teaching.
    Blessing from our God and Lord.

  5. Major says:

    Great post Terry. I wished I had this verse written on my computer screen (no better, on my heart and in my brain) when I started looking into Internet Marketing. Boy, was I gullible! And some unscrupulous “marketers” benefited largely off me! But a good lesson was learned. It was a good reminding of my sinful condition and constant need to walk close to God. And at least now when I share this scripture with others, I have plenty of stories to bring it to life!

  6. Terry Phong says:

    We share the same first name, I hope you don’t mind me calling you Dean. First off, thank you for the article. It really spoke to me.

    We all lose focus at one time or another chasing after the wrong things, granted we all need to make living. I think falling prey to the “shining objects” syndrome is innate in all of us. Sometimes it really makes me think what exactly I’m I slaving away to achieve? If we are not diligent in the right things, it is all meaningless!

    I don’t think many people would openly admit to chasing after riches especially if you’re a Christian. The sad truth is that this world has a way of drawing you in so subtlety that you don’t really notice what you’re getting yourself into until it’s too late. After all, we have to keep trying different things until we get a break through right? ;o)

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I sincerely pray that we will all be more diligent towards the things that matters most, our relationship with God, family and friends. God Bless!

  7. Kumar Biswas says:

    Thanks Terry, I have been off course for a while and tend to be driven by anxiety. I think there is a process that I am subject to -am I the only one.?

    1. Get busy on busywork – long days overwhelmed with minor tasks
    2. Get tired – home life suffers cos ‘Dad is grumpy and irritable’
    3. Retreat to watch TV cos I ‘need a rest’
    4. Wake up tired -go back to step 1 – but get disillusioned and end up signing up for another business concept (Ecc 7:29 This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes)
    5. Because there is no clear purpose and the guilt has built up – accept tasks and obligations to help others who have dropped by to unload (maybe I can fulfil God’s purposes by helping people out..?)
    6. Back to no 1 until exhaustion sets in
    7. Relationship screw up – everyone in family living in their own bubble
    (Pro 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.)

    How to break the cycle..? Well the answer’s in the word but I still have to find a way to make it work on a consistent daily basis..
    If I seek Him diligently I’ll find Him (He 11:4)- then I’ll know His will and His purpose – and get peace in following His plan

    Abraham could have stayed in Ur, built up a great business using positive biblical principles, had a great family life and avoided a whole lot of trouble.. but I guess he sought God diligently and God showed Him to get out and fulfil some pretty weird purposes.. I dont think polite Christianity would approve of tying your own son up and sticking him on a bonfire – or using the Help to try and start a dynasty(not God’s idea of course but this would have got him kicked out of the First Episcobaptoholic Church of Springfield..

  8. Orestes says:

    Hi! Terry,

    Thank you so much for the wise post. I´ve made many mistakes before for not being patient.
    Right now I´m taking sometime by myself to spend it with the Lord to seek his direction as I
    don´t want get into the snare of making money quickly and lose anymore. I wanna build
    something the last starting from the ground and that is why I need God´s advice.

    Thanks again and nice to be back here again!

    Blessings!

  9. S. MOMOH says:

    Thank you for your encouragement .
    any time I plan to do any business and did not work out I’m always worry.
    but you have real encouraged me.
    God bless you.
    please, continue to send more encouraging word from the Word of God to me.
    Can I take loan to start a business and if yes how?.
    Sunday Momoh,
    Managing Director, SIMOH GLOBAL ELECTRICAL SERVICES LTD, ABUJA, NIGERIA.
    Tel: +2348038312437

    • Tony says:

      Really now MOMOH this is not the right place to ‘take a loan’ or run any Nigerian scam. But I wish you to sincerely to find God.

  10. Longji Dambok says:

    It’s nice seeing what you’re doing. May God continue to increase you in this. Thanks for that encouragement! Let’s trust God to help us rebuild the brokens walls of our entreprenueral heritage. I believe that unbelievers are succeeding at our expense. I expect more of your mails. Thank you.

  11. Gogo says:

    Terry,

    This is definitely a timely reminder of the dangers of getting distracted by the “short term” orientation. There is often a “certain” way to success, but that way requires doing the same things – planting, preparing, prioritizing – and requires discipline, diligence and endurance.

    It’s often a hard case to make for the “certain way”, so we go for the “quick way”.

    Thank God for the counsel of his word.

  12. Terry,

    This is an awesome post. I really appreciate how you exegeted the Scriptures and bring clear instruction to our lives and businesses today.

    Keep it coming. I need to be reminded of these principles. I understand how to apply the Bible to my spiritual life, but sometimes it is hard to make the appropriate application to the workplace.

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