By Don Bailey
Devotional Scripture: Proverbs 12:24
Central Thought: A diligent life is the most successful life.
Do you ever watch infomercials? These programs often promote products so incredibly wonderful that you'd be foolish not to overpay for them. Another very common program is the 'get rich the fun and easy way through this 'perfect' business opportunity.” Typically, promoters that seem more like evangelists than salespeople host these programs. They assure you that all of your financial woes can be solved through their wonderful opportunities and 'no risk” offers.
If you talk to truly successful people, though, you get a very different story. They often speak of a series of failures before they found their niches. Many times they have worked the jobs no one else wanted to so they could gain the experience and develop the character needed for greater responsibilities later on. These people had no time for laziness; they knew that success came through diligence and perseverance.
Those who are lazy may become slaves to many different and unpleasant things in their efforts to get ahead. Crime, gambling, immorality, and other forms of self-destructive behavior often characterize their lives.
God does not want you to work endless hours to get rich, but He does want you to live diligently using the gifts He has given you for the purposes He has directed you. This type of diligence is the only life that rules.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to live in a way that honors the purposes for which You created me.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 32:28-52; Luke 12:35-59; Psalm 78:56-64; Proverbs 12:24