Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

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.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.


Whatever season you find yourself in, accept it with prudence and diligence and be grateful for the opportunities it presents.


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