4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
The activity of your hands today can determine your situation tomorrow. Laziness and diligence both compound as the days go by, little by little, they pile up into poverty or wealth. This principle applies to your bank account; but there is more to wealth than money. Do you want to be rich in relationships? In ability? In understanding? In opportunity? Overcome your laziness with diligence, pursue your goals daily, one step at a time.
“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” Diligence and prudence go hand in hand. While diligence turns long term goals into short term tasks, prudence prioritizes opportunities as they come along. It is foolish to be too busy to take advantage of the harvest, to do the right things at the wrong time. Don’t burn yourself out, or you’ll miss out on things. Pace yourself, regulate your diligence with prudence, and make the most of every opportunity.
Whatever season you find yourself in, accept it with prudence and diligence and be grateful for the opportunities it presents.