Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
(Proverbs 12:27 ESV)
Diligence is generally considered to be an ethic of persistence and hard work, characterized by self-discipline. A very employable attribute!
Career options aside, diligence is something God requires of us:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
(Colossians 3:23 ESV)
In this increasingly distracted world in which we are trying to work and study, remaining diligently attentive to the task we need to do is perhaps harder than ever.
We should pray that God will help our kids be diligent, and I think it is important to get specific in this – ask Jesus to teach our children to focus on what is of real importance rather than entertaining or fun. Pray for them to learn the value of working hard regardless of the ‘reward’, in the Kingdom of God it is who we are, our character, that will be rewarded as a sacrifice to Christ.
You may also find yourself challenged in praying these things for your children, I certainly am!
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