Day 14 of 21 Days to Break the Back of a Slack, Sluggish and Slothful Spirit— Go All The Way Through The Process.
“The slothful man roasteh not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. Proverb 12:27
Many of us get started but we don’t finish what we start and as a result we end up in the same position we were in before we got started; or worse. Therefore, it is extremely important to go all the way through the process, from start to finish, so that we can celebrate our success.
The slothful man in Proverb 12:27 probably got up early in the morning; put on his hunting clothes; and lugged his bow and arrows through the bush and trees. Then, he probably tracked, trapped, killed and carried away his prey (and his gear) all the way back through the bush all the way back home. But, because the man did not roast what he caught right away, it probably spoiled and as a result he most likely had to go all the way through the process all over again in order to feed his family the next day. In essence, even though the man started the process, because he did not go all the way through it, he ended up in the same position he was in before he took action.
Unfortunately, many of us do the same thing. We get excited about things we desire. We conjure enough desire and courage to commence our journey. Then, we labor for a while but we discover that completing what we’ve begun is going require more time and energy than we thought when we first began. Or, we get distracted by something else, we don’t go all the way through the process. This becomes the turning back point; the point when we say to ourselves, “this is too much,” or “this is going to take too long,” or “I just don’t have the strength to finish this right now.” However, many of us do not get back to it and as a result we never really finish what we’ve started or if we do, we may have to start all over again in order to get the intended results we desire.
This incomplete process is very frustrating and we end up lacking like the slothful man because we have put forth some effort, received a false sense of accomplishment but because we did not complete the process, we walk away with no real results. This happens even if we complete a substantial part of the process.
“A project is just a project until it has been completely accomplished.
On the other hand, there is nothing more satisfying than the completion of something we’ve begun.
“The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. Proverb 13:19
Diligence is our most prized possession because it’s what gets us where we want to go. Selah.
Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv
There are 21 Days to Break the Back of a Slack, Sluggish and Slothful Spirit– So, Go All The Way Through The Process.