Folding Our Hands


Are there times when you phone it in?  Are you folding your hands lately? Doing the minimum to earn your pay or doing the maximum to create opportunity and legacy? May our struggle financially never be due to poor effort and attitude…

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs 24:30-34

I applied my heart to what I observed.  One of the beauties of living in community is that we can observe the cautionary tales of the lives of others.  We have an opportunity to see at a practical level, what works and what doesn’t; who succeeds and who fails.  In the case of diligence and dedication in work, today’s lesson could be observed in any town in any country on the earth.

When we see the signs – the overgrown fields and walls in ruin – we often find that rest and relaxation has overtaken a person’s work ethic.  Yes, there are other potential reasons for poverty.  Every situation is not the same.  Yet today’s message is that when we fold our hands and choose sleep over hard work, poverty waits in the shadows to take our lives from us.

This is wisdom to pass on to our children.  The next generation needs to hear that they should arrive a bit early and stay a bit late, putting goal accomplishment before clocking out for their coffee breaks.

What’s your work ethic like?  Maybe answer according to what others would say.  What is your reputation when it comes to work ethic? Are there times when you phone it in?  Are you folding your hands lately? Doing the minimum to earn your pay or doing the maximum to create opportunity and legacy?

I know… someone is saying that I am a hard worker, not lazy and not a sluggard.  And still, I can’t make ends meet. My circumstances have robbed me of a decent living.  Okay… let’s talk about that for a moment.

If that’s you, and you struggle with scarcity and poverty, may it never be because of your work ethic.  When we stand before God, may we find out why God chose small means or riches for us, all the while he commends us for working diligently and serving him wholeheartedly.  May our struggle financially never be due to poor effort and attitude.

If we do our best and give our best effort every day, we can feel the contentment of God in our circumstances…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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