Diligence - Man's precious possession
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”
A truly profound statement by King Solomon. God actually guarantees our plans will lead to abundance through diligence. The Cambridge dictionary defines the act of diligence as being ‘careful and serious in your work, or done in a careful and determined way’. Hence a picture is formed of someone who is making progress through hard work, detail and perseverance. In the same manner, your life and the development of the total man requires a careful process of diligence for lasting change to take place.
The beautiful thing about diligence is that anyone can apply it. In fact a person, who is consistently diligent and has very little ability, over time, will run circles around someone who is very talented but refuses to be diligent in his undertakings. “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson
And not only does diligence give us a harvest of abundance, it also yields in us a stronger character and opens our eyes to the discovery of our capabilities. Things that were initially hard for us become easier to do because of our invested effort.
Where diligence is concerned, we must never forget that it’s not an overnight procedure, it take time. For instance, if you’ve been living a life sustained by fast food and take-aways, you don’t suddenly become healthy tomorrow because you ate a carrot today! Neither do you get to fully understand God by reading a chapter of the Bible and praying for five minutes, you must diligently ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.’James 4:8 It’s not enough to say ‘ok I’m going to work harder at stuff.’ Diligence isn’t merely the product of hard work, it’s the derivative of hard work coupled with knowledge, discipline and persistence.
Diligence is the fuel that turns our desires into reality. Of all that we own, it is one of our most precious possessions. Even if everything in life is lost, diligence is a key that can lead us from poverty to prosperity. And that prosperity can reign in our thinking, spirit, health, relationships and finances.
Always do your best to be diligent where possible – because every act of diligence flows from one area of you life to positively affect another.
God bless and protect
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