Proverb for Today
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty, but of everyone who is hasty only to want. (Proverbs 21:5, MEV)
I think we like to be in a hurry. There’s a sort of satisfaction in being busy, rushing forward to the next project, task, and errand.
We live in a culture that reinforces this satisfaction. We are almost trained to be impatient and expect results now. If the drive thru isn’t quick enough, we can stay home and order UberEats. If our dieting and exercise regimen isn’t producing results fast enough, we can jump on a prescription for weight loss.
You name it, there’s a quick fix for just about anything you’d ever want.
But if we apply that attitude to our work, we’ve got a pretty dire warning. Diligence tends to plenty, while hastiness tends to want. When we rush our work, looking for a shortcut, we’re going to be left wanting.
I encourage you today, put in the effort. Give 100%. Show up every day. This is what will last. This is an investment well worth the reward.
Reflect and Respond
- In what area(s) of your life have you been trying to take a shortcut? Take a moment to think through the long-term consequences of continuing to do so.
- Where can you be more diligent, making daily progress to your goals? This can range from being more intentional in relationship building to being more focused at work.
- As you go throughout life, who is looking to you for an example? If they were to follow your example, would they be learning diligence or haste?