Word Wednesday

Building a Foundation of Diligence – Wisdom from Proverbs

Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV) “The hand of the diligent man will rule.”

I love the stories of overnight success. It inspires me when I hear about (or read about) someone being “discovered” in the shadows only to be thrust into the spotlight. It makes me wonder if maybe I should lurk in the shadows more. But only for a moment.

The only people who tell stories of overnight success are those looking in from the outside. The people involved will tell a different story – and it rarely involves anything happening suddenly.

It would be nice if I could have instant fame with my writing. It would be amazing if I could have overnight success with my new eating and exercise plan. It would be outstanding if I could have sudden deliverance from debt.

It will be more likely to occur – the fame, success or deliverance – if I first address the issue of diligence.

Creating a Diligent Life

Proverbs thoughts with Kathryn Lang

  • I have to become so rooted in my desire that nothing will move me. That requires that I trench into the idea – surround myself with a barrier of protection that keeps me focused on that one desire.
  • I have to prepare for the long haul to the point that I have determined as my success so that no amount of waiting will deter me from continuing the pursuit. Having the store of resources and support to live in and through the pursuit will make it possible for me to keep on keeping on even when the world says it is impossible.
  • I have to choose to act in my desire until I arrive at my success. Nothing happens if nothing moves.

I can want and wish all day, but it is the diligent man that will rule that day.

Proverbs 21:5a “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty.” (NKJV)

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