“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of the diligent man is precious” (Proverbs 12:27). My father always told me when I was growing up, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” What he was placing into my character was the idea that whatever I put my hand to do; I should be giving my full effort in it. My parents re-iterated this message to me in many ways beginning at a very early age. I have found that younger people today don’t seem to value the things they own so much as the older generation did. I think part of the reason for that is that almost everything is given to them with little or no effort on their part.
Three valued possessions come to my mind immediately. One of my early jobs was that of a paper-boy. Every weekday afternoon I delivered the local newspaper to our neighborhood. Early Sunday mornings before church, I delivered the bigger Sunday version of the paper. Because of this job (paying a whopping $7 per week), I was able to purchase a really sturdy bike complete with baskets on either side of my rear wheel. Later I added turn-signals I purchased at the same bike store, and I thought I was surely the talk of the town. The money I spent on that bike was well spent, because I valued that bike all the way through my childhood. Then one Christmas I came down the stairs in our house and saw the most beautiful red mini-bike in the entire world. Half of that mini-bike was my Christmas present … the other half was a lesson in the value of a red mini-bike. You see, I had to pay for that other half. I rode that mini-bike until it would not ride any more and had the time of my life for a number of years on it. When I graduated from high school, my parents helped me pay my way through college; however, every dime I made for those four years while working Christmas vacation and summer time went to paying off that school debt. The value of my education still is tender on my heart to this day.
The lesson of Proverbs 12:27 is that we ought to work hard for the things that mean something to us, and their meaning will last for a life-time. Looking for a hand-out will lead us to taking for granted the blessings of life. Work hard today for the things you value, and make those things the same as the things God values. You will not regret it for your entire life.
“Be miserable, or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer