The Bible describes diligence as a precious possession, and the reward of diligence so great, that it drives a person to be successful in a career, in business and in life. Diligence is a virtue that requires more than just talent, intelligence and wisdom, it takes hard work and persistence.
“Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth” (Proverbs 12:27 ESV)
According to the Oxford Universal Dictionary, it is the “careful attention, industry, assiduity; unremitting application, persistent endeavour.”, the opposite of carelessness, inconsistency, negligence or slothfulness.
Are you diligent?
Diligent people have firm goals and will exert all means to achieve them. They do not take shortcuts and giving up is never an option. They have a firm schedule to keep with no room for idleness and complacency. Each step, measured, each action, analyzed and improved. They will build to scale.
Above all, diligent people are reliable, responsible and conscientious in whatever task they are entrusted with. We should endeavour to be diligent in everything we do because He expects nothing less.
The Reward of Diligence, a prequel to success
Successful people from different fields diligently worked their way to the top. They faced countless opposition, challenges and trials with perseverance. They have their eyes fixed on their target and they will work hard to reach it.
“Never climb the tree with the reason of plucking a fruit; only to get there and pick a leaf. Let everything you get there to do be done and let it be done well!” says Israelmore Ayivor, a Christian writer and author of the Great Hand Book of Quotes.
Proverbs 21:5 says that “the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty”.
Therefore, whether you are a leader or a subordinate, consider the reward of diligence. It is diligence that brings many people from poverty to prosperity. God admonishes us to be diligent in the way we conduct our work and businesses, in raising our families, in fulfilling our calling, and most importantly, in walking with Him.
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