Tuesday, 13 November 2012


The hand of the diligent will rule but the slack hand will be put to forced labourProverbs 12:24
The online dictionary defines ‘diligent’ as:

diligent [ˈdɪlɪdʒənt]
1. careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties
2. carried out with care and perseverance diligent work

In his book, ‘The Richest Man Who Ever Lived …’ Steve Scott explores into the very heart of Solomon’s proverbs and redefines the word as:
Being ‘pure’ and ‘right’ in carrying out tasks or duties!

In today’s world too many are chasing after ‘get- rich- quick’ gurus who profess to know all about the subject of making money with very less effort. In the process, tasks are completed in a 'far less than outstanding' grade. Ultimately, one's credibility is affected and the employer no longer thinks of you as being 'worth it'!  Steve states that the inherent nature of man is to seek out the easy path but Solomon cautions the ‘slack’ of dire consequences of such an approach!

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.
 Proverbs 29:18

Many have formed vague visions of wealth and have ended up in delusion! Many are content with what they do for a living although their heart wants to do something different. The fear of failure is making good people procrastinate and tomorrow never shows up! However, the vision that Solomon talks about is one that is well mapped out! A vision that is clear in every way. A vision that defines goals and steps to take in order to ensure the fulfilment of the vision!

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life
. Proverbs 18:12
The fuel for the accomplishment of the vision is hope. When a person is not disciplined enough to stay on course towards the accomplishment of the vision, his hope level begins to diminish and ultimately, he gives up on his dream! Fulfilment in life is a live tree - evergreen, ever spreading, ever growing! Communicate your vision with your spouse and arrest any deferment of hope in each others' vision before it is too late! Assess your finances and why they aren't great. Have you been deligently pursuing your vision? (Do you have a well 'mapped out' vision at all?). Where is your life heading? Does it lack fulfilment?
I pray that like Solomon, each one of you prays for wisdom and understanding to better your relationships, financials and life!

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