Thursday, June 27, 2013

Daily Diligence





The first day after returning from a week away is always full of catch up. Laundry, cleaning, unpacking, grocery shopping...you know the routine. Not fun. It is particularly not fun in contrast to all the fun we had on vacation. So in between all the chores, I snuck out with my kayak.

I hadn't kayaked in two weeks and was shocked at how tired my arms were after just an hour of kayaking. It was beastly hot, and that may have contributed to it, but it was still a little discouraging. I can't take two weeks off or my arms will turn to jelly? What nonsense of muscular physiology is this?

But I realized this is a truth in every area of life. If you slack off, you lose the benefit. Slow and steady wins the race. Consistency and practice and regular use keep one's mind, muscles, and even spiritual growth on the right trajectory. Growing in any area requires daily diligence. Growing kind requires daily acts of kindness. Growing prayerful requires daily sessions of prayer. Growing faithful requires daily leaps of faith. Growing wise requires daily doses of wisdom. Growing friendships requires daily reaching out to others. Growing strong requires daily strengthening. One day of folding your arms leads to another, and pretty soon, that becomes all your arms can do.


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I observed this and took it to heart; I saw it and learned a lesson. "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little lying down with folded arms"— and poverty will come on you like a prowler, deprivation like a man with a shield. (Proverbs 24:32-34 CEB)

Anyone who wants to be godly and loving finds life, success and honor. Some people will die while they are still hungry. That's because their hands refuse to work. All day long they hunger for more. But godly people give without holding back. (Proverbs 21:21, 25, 26 NIRV)


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