I have really been praying about what to write this week. And perhaps it’s because we have all been under the weather for the last week or two? Maybe it’s because we are all feeling and becoming just sluggish as of late…I was suddenly led to write about diligence.
I immediately think of the Book of Proverbs. He tells us diligent hands will rule. He says that hard work brings a profit and the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
I think of that Proverbs 31 Woman Who is so diligent. Her time and her energy so clearly dedicated to her family and her home. She selects wool and flax, she works eagerly with her hands. She gets up while it is dark and she works vigorously. Her arms are strong. She watches over her household. She is not idle.
I read this and I feel as though I’m anything but diligent. And yet we see again and again how diligence in prayer and work can make such a difference in our lives.
How about Epaphras? He “always wrestled in prayer and he always worked hard. Always. Diligence.
Let us not just work and let us not just pray but let us do so with greater focus and energy. Let us strive and desire to be diligent. Let us not just say that we will but let us also do.