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marbella3 66F
2406 posts
11/8/2019 2:08 am

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11/8/2019 8:37 am

That Was Awesome!

Bible in a Year:

Jeremiah 43–45
Hebrews 5
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

Proverbs :24

Proverbs :, 24–28
It was the seventh-grader’s first cross-country meet, but she didn’t want to run. Although she’d been preparing for the event, she was afraid of doing poorly. Still, she started the race with everyone else. Later, one by one the other runners finished the two-mile course and crossed the finish line—everyone except the reluctant runner. Finally, her mom, was watching for her to finish, saw a lone figure in the distance. The mother went to the finish line, preparing to comfort a distraught competitor. Instead, when the young runner saw her mom, she exclaimed, “That was awesome!”

What can be awesome about finishing last? Finishing!

The girl had tried something difficult and had accomplished it! Scripture honors hard work and diligence, a concept often learned through sports or music or other things that require perseverance and effort.

Proverbs :24 says, “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” And later we read, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (:23). These wise principles—not promises—can help us serve God well.

God’s plan for us always included work. Even before the fall, Adam was to “work [the Garden] and take care of it” (Genesis 2. And any effort we make should be done “with all [our] heart” (Colossians 3:23). Let’s work in the strength He gives us—and leave the results to Him.

Reflect & Pray
What are some areas where I can learn from this to be diligent and persevere? How does doing my best and working hard honor God?

Heavenly Father, whatever it is You have asked me to do today—big or small—help me to do it.


MrsJoe 72F
11610 posts
11/8/2019 6:27 am

I've often tried to look at what I HAVE done and not concentrate on what I didn't get done.

If you expect nothing from anyone, you won't be disappointed, but you might be pleasantly surprised.