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!
Do you remember the old story about the Tortoise and the Hare?
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.
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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