#1thirstythursday / slow and steady

#thirstythursday:
The day I get to drink Mt. Dew. Just Kidding. Remember the woman at the well? We’ll focus on the Word each Thursday. Jesus offered living water – that she would never thirst again. I want that water!
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Do you remember the old story about the Tortoise and the Hare?

tortoise and the hare the daily starr

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If you don’t remember all of the details, here’s a quick summary from Wikipedia:

The story concerns a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the race. When the Hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.

Simple as that.

Slow and steady…wins the race!

How many times does our human nature tempt us to plow ahead, run faster, get more work done, hurry up, go, go, GO!!?!

I’m guilty of that. Having a self-driven personality that likes to take charge makes me more of the Hare than I want to be at times. I want to figure out a better way. I want to be different. I want to be successful in whatever I do, all the time – thank you very much.

Just this morning as I was pondering my blogging and writing and dreams to write a book, the thought came to my mind, “Slow and steady wins the race, Starr!”

And I KID YOU NOT: Tonight we sat in our Financial Peace University class listening to Dave Ramsey teach about investing and retirement and he ends the lesson with what else but the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

God, I’m listening.

Here’s what the Word says:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
– Proverbs 13:4 NLT

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
– Proverbs 12:24 ESV

These are such great perspectives on what the Bible has to say about being diligent.

But y’all – THIS ONE takes the cake for me tonight:

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
– 2 Peter 1:10 (NASB)

This tells me to stop worrying myself with trying to do it all right now. Quit trying to be like everyone else around me. Quit questioning myself and what I’m doing here. God has called me to this place and now I am to be all the more diligent. As long as I stay steady in this race and I seek Him daily, I will never stumble! I don’t have to worry about being perfect or being the best or being the most successful – be diligent!

Whatever you may be facing right now, think about the perspective from the Tortoise and the Hare. There is a great lesson to be learned, that’s for sure.

~Starr

Proverb of the Day:
Proverbs 6:6 NLT – Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

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2 comments

  1. I tend to be the slow and steady one, it works for me. HOWEVER, I really need people like you to forge ahead and let me follow! I’m not the creative one nor am I the one to have the most eloquent words. You can count on me to hang on and do my part, being patient to await the end result. If our success happened overnight, we would never appreciate the lessons learned along the way. Unfortunately, we will remember more about our mistakes and failures on our journey much longer than we will remember the easy victories. Keep doing what you’re doing, only good will come of it. I’m sure of that!

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    • Mom, your slow and steady inspires me. And I beg to differ about you not being the creative one! You’re one of the most creative people I know!! Thank you for reminding me that I have lessons to learn and appreciate along this journey – it will make the ride so much more worthwhile and meaningful. Love you and thank you for your support, even if you do give the girls ice cream on nights we are away 🙂

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