Diligence

Mar 11

Diligence

I’m going to briefly “interrupt” our series on “The Spirit of Poverty” to share with you a lesson that God has me working on right now in my life.

I’m one of those people who doesn’t live life in a straight line. I tend to meander. I am a pioneer by nature, and love to discover new things. I love to try my hand at different adventures, and to explore the unknown. When people ask what I “do”, I now say, “I’m an ever-morphing mom” which is about as close as I can get to describing my life in a single sentence.

There is a problem with that kind of lifestyle, and that is the lack of discipline it brings with it. I get bored easily, so I move on to new and more interesting things. This means that the daily mundane often gets overlooked – or worse – ignored.

Lately God has been challenging me in this area. I do not have a domestic bone in my body (except that I like ironing!) I’m not interested in homemaking, decorating, cooking, cleaning, renovating, and certainly not maintenance. I try to put those tasks off as long as possible.

diligenceConsistently putting things off creates huge problems. My house is a mess, and things are getting lost. Important things. There are a lot of little 10 minute maintenance jobs that are turning into full weekend jobs because I just can’t get myself to do them.

Oh, I’m busy – with lots of good things. It’s not that I’m wasting time. I volunteer, homeschool, run an online business, take courses, help others out, but I’m not doing the things that need to be done to keep life ticking along smoothly.

The worst part of this is that I am modeling a lifestyle devoid of diligence to my children!

Diligence is a big topic in the Bible. The Book of Proverbs is all about diligence. God rewards it. He loves to see his kids working hard and faithfully at those mundane, necessary jobs that make life work smoothly. When we are faithful in the small things, God rewards us with ever greater adventures.

So last night this really hit home to me, and after much prayer, we have decided that the Internet will be on a timer – available from 1:30 pm to 9:00 pm – and that we will spend our mornings training in diligence – in housework, school, and other tasks that need to be completed.

Today was day 1. So far, so good. I was amazed at the amount of work three people can accomplish when they set their minds to it and are not distracted by the Internet. . .

Are you diligence deficient? Share your struggle below. Are you a diligence dynamo? Give us strugglers a tip or two to keep on track!

Darlene

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