A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These things also belong to the wise:
It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
27 Prepare your outside work,
Make it fit for yourself in the field;
And afterward build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
For would you deceive with your lips?
29 Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.”
30 I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
Thought of the Day
“The less we do today, the more we have to do tomorrow”
In the late 1960s, I witnessed a carefully planned bombing raid. I remember watching as the planes methodically worked the Florida skies in an attempt to wipe out the enemy. In this case, however, the enemy was not human. It was a creature known as the fire ant–little in size but causing a major problem. The planes were spreading a pesticide aimed at ridding the South of this invader.
Just as big efforts were required to stamp out the little fire ant, so we must seriously tackle what may seem to be a little problem–laziness. The author of the book of Proverbs speaks of the sad results of “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest” (Prov. 24:33).
Anyone who is inclined to be lazy knows that a big effort is needed to combat it. If we don’t attack it, poverty (both spiritual and physical) will come “like a prowler” (v.34).
So what can be done about laziness? You can begin by evaluating how you spend your time. If you discover that you are wasting it, you need to develop a strategy to combat the problem. Tackle those small tasks now. Keep on working diligently and those little jobs won’t turn into big problems. You’ll soon realize how much better it is to succeed than to slumber. —Mart De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
Don’t put off until tomorrow
What you can achieve today;
Working hard until you’re finished
Will keep poverty away. –Sper
Personal Reflection and Discussion