(Pro 12:27) . . . diligence is man’s precious possession.
What would you say is man’s most precious possession in life? A hefty bank account? Status in society? A trophy wife? Well, would you believe it is diligence? Diligence means faithful application to one’s work. You have an assignment and you keep to the task until it’s done. But why would diligence be the greatest commodity a person could acquire? Because it is the doorway to prosperity and a sure key to success.
Most of us fight laziness. We wish we were more motivated. We would love to accomplish more, but we so quickly take the easy way out. Then we get down on ourselves for not having much to show for ourselves. But we keep dreaming and scheming and hope that someday our desires will be fulfilled. But diligence knocks that inactive spirit right out of its path. It sees opportunities and possibilities in every situation. It will get the job done even when the resources are few to none.
The great thing about diligence is that everyone can have it if they want to. (2 Cor 8:7) But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence . . . You just have to be ready to stop making excuses. You must be tired of your life the way it is and be willing to make a change. You must be ready to take up a task and see it all the way through, no matter what. (Heb 6:11) And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end. It’s a fire the Lord will give if you ask for it. (Rom 12:11) not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
Maybe what you need is an example of diligence of someone around you. Who do you know that is diligent in what they do? Study their life and be inspired by their commitment to duty. (2 Cor 8:8) . . . I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. How about a Biblical example? Joseph comes to mind. He was so beaten down, but every time he hit bottom he used it as a trampoline to bounce back to the top! He made the best of his situation and rose to new heights each time. (Gen 39:2) The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
Stop blaming people or situations for your lack of success. Learn to be the comeback kid! Every successful person has failed more than once but they kept at it until they reached where God wanted them to be.
Be faithful in your marriage and family. Be faithful in your job. Be faithful in your calling. Keep at it no matter what, and watch the Lord exalt you to new heights for His glory!