Day 12 – “…And Don’t be Lazy”
“One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a lout; they were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down. I took a long look and pondered what I saw; the fields preached me a sermon and I listened: ‘A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back take it easy – do you know what come next? Just this: You can look forward to dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!” Proverbs 24:30 – 34 MSG
A lazy man does not have understanding. Whatever ideas you might have; however great a potential you possess; without diligent hard work, it cannot come to fruition. However great a plan you might have received of the Lord and properly written out, if you do not arise and diligently execute them, there can be no beauty and prosperity.
You might succeed to plant a vast field of grain and you built a barn of stones, all well laid out; without a lifestyle of sustained disciplined and diligence, everything will waste away with time.
Diligence is simply ‘you consistently daily working on your field.’ Do not procrastinate, do not be slack. Work at the time of work and sleep at the time of sleep. This is wisdom. Otherwise, it would ‘suddenly’ dawn on you that you have wasted your opportunity and you have become a permanent host of poverty, ensnared by its nuisance. Please do not be lazy. Take time to think right now and make necessary adjustments in your lifestyle.
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