Do you see a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before Kings,
He shall not stand before unknown men
My dear fellow Proverbs 31 women in Progress, greeetings!
As we all know, the Proverbs 31 woman is a role model for diligence. She is capable and industrious. And I must say that the verse that we’ll meditate today urged me to look for the definition of diligence. If the Bible talks a lot about being diligent both in the Old and the New Testament, we must know what it means.
So, what is diligence?
Definition of diligence
In the book entitled The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness, Steven K. Scott defines diligence as follows:
Diligence is a learnable skill that combines: creative persistence, a smart-working effort rightly planned and rightly performed in a timely, efficient, and effective manner to attain a result that is pure and of the highest quality of excellence.
Therefore, diligence is a desirable quality which involves:
- creative persistence, i.e. discipline
- smart-working based on effective planning and performance
- aim for excellence
Diligence involves being a disciplined person. It also involves creating a routine on your own which will suit your objectives and goals. If you follow my blog, you all know that we must have a life based on realistic goals to achieve. Of course, diligence does not come overnight. You have to perform your tasks over and over again to get results.
Do you think that you’re not creative enough? No worries! You can get inspired by other people’s discipline. For example, let’s start with Jesus Himself. He spent his time to pray and meditate every morning in a retired place. He was persistent and serious about it. If Jesus persisted in His habit to pray His Father every morning, so can we!
The key is just to adopt sound and healthy habits that we’ll apply in a repetitive way until we get the desired results.
Smart-working based on effective planning and performance
How many of us think that we should work hard for a living? Most of us I think. Well, you might be surprised to see that the defintion does not involve working hard, but working smart.
I was shocked to hear that at the beginning. But it actually makes sense. It just means that you have a strong sense of priorities and are well-organized. Diligent people live by a schedule. They know what they should do and at what time they should do it.
Be careful though: working smart does not mean that you are lazy. It just means that you have a careful planning system which will lead you to execute your tasks in a quite effortless manner.
Aim for excellence
Yes, my sisters, let’s aim for excellence in whatever we do. It is said that the man who is diligent in his business shall stand before Kings. That’s right, you heard it well. We are supposed to be the head and not the tail.
When I studied at Sorbonne University in Paris, one of my professors once told us: “Always aim for the moon and you’ll have at least the chance to reach the stars”. Now I kind of agree with her. We should take our work seriously, whether we are housewives, career women, or students. Let’s work as if we were working for the Lord, because we are ultimately accountable before Him for our actions on this earth.
Therefore, starting now, let’s aim for excellence.
If you are a student, aim for the highest grades at school.
If you are a homemaker, aim for building a godly, peaceful and prosperous home.
If you are an employee, aim for being an expert in your field.
If you are a businesswoman, aim for having the best client service and the best products.
I can go on and on, but I think you’ll get my point here.
The Results of Diligence
Diligence really calls for the sowing and reaping principle. When you start sowing diligence in all the areas of your life, you’ll reap the results you are looking for.
If you are diligent in your spiritual life, you will be transformed and you’ll grow in wisdom and peace.
If you are diligent in your diet and exercise routine, you’ll have a beautiful and healthy body.
If you are diligent in managing your money wisely, you’ll be richer and richer.
If you are diligent in helping the poor, Jesus will reward you beyond your expectations.
I can also go on and on, but I believe you’ll also get my point here!
Well, that’s all for today! What do you think of my definition of diligence? Please share your point of view with me!
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By Steven K. Scott