The Work of Life and Diligence - Wednesday, September 12th

The Work of Life and Diligence - Wednesday, September 12th

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. Proverbs 13:4

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Today’s Scripture speaks to our need for diligence in our work. The Scriptures below from Proverbs include many things about "work" and “diligence.” Please read through them and write down things that stand out to you. What is the one thing that resonates the most with you? Finally, identify one change you need to make in your life in regard to “diligence.”

Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. Proverbs 21:25

The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. Proverbs 26:13-15

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. Proverbs 12:24

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Proverbs 13:11

Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find. Proverbs 12:27

The "now generation" term was coined sometime after World War II in the midst of an unparalleled age of prosperity that began and continues on even now. It is a term that captures a dynamic that no one in our present culture can escape entirely. Someone has said: “We live in a culture of instant gratification versus investment in activities with rewards accruing over time or in the long term. Our sense of achievement is no longer based on a goal but on quick changes to the latest and greatest things. The fact that things are more accessible than rewarding experiences is a real problem.”

Quite insightful stuff that helps us get a handle on some of what contributes to a "now" way of thinking and approach to life. We need to know what makes us tick. We need to address the things that are true of us that interfere with our living lives that really count. Living for the "immediate" is a real problem that interferes with our ability to be diligent in our work and it carries over and gets in the way of our truly living for Christ and his kingdom. Self-centeredness, materialism, gratification, etc. must be overcome. We must become ones who are diligent in our work for the long haul in an outward, serving way. The more we become this kind of person and the more our goal is Christ and his kingdom, the more our life will count for eternity.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, teach me how to be diligent in my work. Each and every day, help me to care deeply about other people in the midst of everything you give me to do. May my life bless those around me in ways that impact them for your kingdom, Lord. Deliver me from the scourge of the "immediate" and fill my life with that which truly counts for the "long haul." Amen!

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