Read: Proverbs 24
Key Verses: Proverbs 24:30-34. “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.”
Devotional: I’m a person who really enjoys getting things accomplished. I love a good to-do list and I love it even more when I get the items on that list checked off. It provides me with a sense of accomplishment and if I’ve done my homework and planned accordingly it allows me to have a relaxing evening, weekend or vacation free of the stress of “Did I forget something?”
Most of us could identify certain signs in our lives that indicate that things aren’t getting done. Emails from co-workers or friends that simply say, “Did you see my previous email?” Multiple voice mails from the same person asking for an answer to the same question. Perhaps a growing stack of unopened mail on our kitchen table? Not one, but multiple warning lights are lit up on the console of our car. Does any of this sound familiar? These are likely warning signs that all of us have faced at some point in our lives.
I know when things aren’t getting done in my world. My warning signs are my email inbox growing to over 30-40 emails, my voicemails stack up, and frankly I don’t rest well. When I’m tossing or turning at night it usually indicates that I’m behind the eight ball on something.
Warning signs aren't all bad though, in fact the argument could be made that warning signs are actually a good thing. Without warning signs we would never be aware that a problem was on the horizon. We wouldn’t know what or who needs our attention without warning signs.
In Proverbs 24 Solomon maps out for us some warning signs of what an unkept field and vineyard might look like. He notices overgrown nettles, weeds covering the area, broken down walls. It certainly sounds like the owner of the property has been ignoring some pretty clear warning signs. As if Scripture could get any clearer, Solomon goes on to share with us the lesson in all of this: “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.”
Allow me to summarize this even further: Take care of your business. Manage yourself. Prioritize your time. Do first things first. Work now, play later. Make a plan. Map out your goals. Think through each day the night before and what needs to be accomplished and then strategize on how you will accomplish those things. I’m always shocked by the number of adults that I come into contact with who don’t seem to comprehend this basic principle.
As Christ followers we should be leading the charge on things like organization, follow through, effective communication, saying what we’re going to do and then actually doing it. We should be exampling for our co-workers and classmates what it looks like to have our stuff together.
Take Action: What kind of example are you setting for unsaved co-workers and classmates? Are they seeing you bring glory to God through how you plan, prepare and follow through? What small steps could you take today to get more organized and become more effective at follow through?
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