Don’t wish for it, work for it

It’s Fierce Faith Friday over here in Jumpstart By Shana land. Today, I want you to think about people who you consider successful. People who have been successful in areas you want to be successful or that you’re also successful in. Consider relationships, finances, health.

Tell me, did they get there by accident? Or by diligence?

Tell me, are they lazy or hard workers?

One of my favorite sayings is “Don’t wish for it, work for it.” It’s awesome not because it’s kind of snarky (bonus) but because it empowers the reader. You can work for what you wish. That gives you an edge! That gives you hope!

I love it when I realize something I picked up on Pinterest actually comes from the Bible. When I was reading today’s devotional scripture I knew immediately that the don’t wish for it, work for it was was inspired by Proverbs 13:5.

Lazy people want much but get little, Proverbs 13_4 NLT (1)

Man I’ve been that lazy person in almost EVERY aspect of my life. Hoping for and wishing for change. Wanting to be fit, wanting to feel healthy and confident, wanting to not live paycheck to paycheck, wanting a better marriage.

I’ve been down the road of kind of trying but not really. And wondering why my house wasn’t clean. Why my kids were acting crazy. Why my finances were going nowhere. Why I was overweight and out of shape. Laziness! Not complete and utter laziness, sure. But definitely not HARD WORK. Like, really trying.

Hard work means a little sweat. A lot of effort. Diligence. Trying again and again. Not giving up.

So, yeah, it makes sense that hard work brings prosperity. And it applies to every aspect of life. When I try a little, I get little results. When I work really hard, I see the gains, the prosperity. Furthermore, when things feel like they’re slipping up in areas I’ve made progress, I realize it’s because I’ve gotten lazy.

–Quick note to say grace and seasons affect everything. We can’t win everything all the time and that’s okay. But we have to stay within grace and without excuses. Excuses = laziness.

When I feel my marriage isn’t the way I want it, I realize I’ve stopped doing the things I know I need to do. When I feel my pants getting tighter, I realize I’ve gotten lazy about eating and moving the right way. And, most of all, I’ve noticed when I feel anxious, depressed, unhappy, exhausted, tired, unable to go on…it’s because I’ve stopped leaning on God for power and energy. #duh

It’s a thing called the Israelite cycle. Bad choices, consequences, epiphany, work, prosperity. Have you experienced that before?

Fierce Faith Friday homework, answer 3 questions:

  1. In what areas have you seen that cycle at work in your life?
  2. In what areas have you applied hard work and seen prosperity?
  3. In what areas have you been lazy and seen little progress?

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