‘The hand of the diligent makes rich.’ Proverbs 10:4 NKJV
Never assume your instructions to someone have been clearly understood. Or assume that you’ve understood someone else, without checking. The Bible says, ‘The hand of the diligent makes rich,’ and the word diligent means paying careful attention to details.
When you're given instructions, TAKE NOTES! Why did your teachers make you write stuff down? Because it is still the best way to remember! The shortest pencil is still better than the longest memory. If you don’t consider what someone is saying is important enough to write notes you’re sending them a signal that you don’t value them (so it's a good idea to 'journal' your pastors sermons). Even if your intentions are good, in your busyness or overconfidence their words can easily be forgotten. Follow-through people always ask additional questions for clarification about the job at hand and the instructions given. For example, when you’re asked to phone somebody about a particular matter, you should automatically ask:
(a) Is there a deadline for this?
(b) When do you need to know about the results of this call?
(c) Is there any additional information I need to know?
If you don’t ask those kinds of questions, chances are you haven’t given enough thought to the task you've been given. And don’t say, ‘I’ll try….’ Try is a flashing red light to everyone that you're only going to give it a half hearted attempt. You need to give your whole attention to the job, not just some of it. To quote Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back: 'Do or do not, there is no try.'
‘The hand of the diligent makes rich.’ When you get this all together you'll earn a reputation for being diligent—and that’s the path to gaining both trust and promotion.
SoulFood: Gen 5:22–24, Heb 11:5, 2 Kings 2:1–12, Acts 1:9–11
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017