Lord, Help Us Be Diligent

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend and we talked about how we sometimes procrastinate. "People get our best work when it's done at the last minute. There's something about being close to the deadline!" is what we agreed on. I know, however, from conversations with wise people and counselors I have had over the years that procrastination can be a manifestation of anxiety and a slew of other things. I know from experience that procrastination always ends up adding unnecessary stress.

And then Pastor Phil shared these words: "Procrastination is just a polished version of laziness. If we let laziness and slothfulness set into our hearts we never operate from a place of wisdom and certainly not from a place of diligence." I was immediately convicted! In that moment I realized that sometimes I rely on my gifts and in procrastinating I miss out on stewarding the gifts God has given me. 

I don't think I have ever considered myself lazy, but I do know that I want to steward everything that God has given me well. I want my life to bear fruit for as long as I live. I want to use everything God has given me, well. I think the best way to do that is to be diligent in everything set before me. I want to operate out of a place of wisdom, in all things.

So, today I am thankful for challenging and convicting teachings, and I'm thankful for a Lord who reveals things to us so that we may be made better. If you're reading this, would you join me in praying the following prayer of diligence?

"Lord, we are thankful for You. You are a wonderful God. We are thankful for Your living word, that teaches us, speaks to us and challenges us. Help us be diligent in everything You set before us. We want to multiply what You have given us. Lord, when we are tempted to procrastinate, when we are tempted to not do the work set before us with diligence, would You, in Your kindness, speak to us? We know that You give us everything we need to do what it is that You have called us to do. Lord, I pray that as we commit ourselves to diligence that You would give us eyes to see how You move through us and around us. God, we are so thankful we get to serve You. We love You. Amen."

Be challenged by the following Proverb:

"I walked by the field of a lazy person,
the vineyard of one with no common sense.
I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
It was covered with weeds,
and its walls were broken down.
Then, as I looked and thought about it,
I learned this lesson:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber."
Proverbs 24:30-34 (NLT)

by Beatrice Anyanwu
Beatrice was born in Nigeria but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus.




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