A KEY TO SUCCESS (2)

A KEY TO SUCCESS (2)

The word ‘diligent’ is defined as careful and persistent work or effort. Throughout Scripture the word diligent is used around thirty times and it is highly encouraged, especially in the book of Proverbs, to pursue of a lifestyle of diligence. Here are a few verses: “A lazy man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence.” (Proverb 12:27) “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” (Proverb 13:4) “or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:8) Those who want to live lives of influence, impact, and see the generation yet to be born run the race with endurance must be people of diligence. When we understand who we are and what we are aiming at in life, consciously or unconsciously, the need for diligence becomes important to us. When I think about success, I instantly think about the people closest to me. At the end of my life, will they know I loved them? That I championed them? That I believed in them and that they were the most important people to me? I believe for this to happen, I need to be a man of diligence. I need to make time to reflect, pray, and consider those closest to me. I need to have vision for my family and make sure my priorities are in order. Diligence may look different in your life, but in my life it keeps me connected to my bigger purpose. It cuts off distractions...
A KEY TO SUCCESS (1)

A KEY TO SUCCESS (1)

Keys open and unlock doors. Using the right key on the right door allows you access into a place you couldn’t get into before. This is no different than how we show up in life and what we bring to the table each day in our interactions with others. The Bible is full of spiritual keys, truths that when applied make life work. Take Proverbs 22:4, “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.” When we walk in humility and a healthy reverence of God we are promised wonderful rewards. Now let me just say, we are not trying to live a certain way in order to get something from God. Our lives belong to Him. As we follow King Jesus, we naturally live out the life He created us to live. Psalm 34 highlights a specific key, that is repeated again in 1 Peter 3. Both David and Peter locked on to something significant about the power of using our mouth for good and not evil, especially in relation to other people. This simple key has the power to prosper our lives and let intimacy flow naturally with God. “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12) “Whoever desires to love life and see good days”,...
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