‘The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.’ Proverbs 13:4 NIV
The word ‘diligence’ includes such qualities as hard work, honesty, persistence, and striving for excellence. The New Living Bible Translation puts it this way: ‘Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.’ One expert says, ‘Success doesn’t come from being a hundred percent better than your competition, but from being one percent better in a hundred different ways.’ Syndicated business columnist Dale Dauten says: ‘If you want to be creative in your company, your career or your life, it all comes down to one easy step…the extra one. When you encounter a familiar plan, you just ask one question: "What else could we do?"’ To succeed you’ll have to do more – more than you may want, more than your competition, more than you think you’re capable of. The poet William Arthur Ward said: ‘I will do more than belong – I will participate. I will do more than care – I will help. I will do more than believe – I will practice. I will do more than be fair – I will be kind. I will do more than forgive – I will forget. I will do more than dream – I will work. I will do more than teach – I will inspire. I will do more than learn – I will enrich. I will do more than give – I will serve. I will do more than live – I will grow. I will do more than suffer – I will triumph.’ You can’t do whatever’s easiest and still reach your goal. You must do more. You must do ‘whatever it takes’.
SoulFood: Gal 5:22, Luke 10:25-37, Eph 4:31-32, Gen 50:15-21
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