The Convenience Trap (5)

Thursday, April 28, 2011 Posted by Joline

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Proverbs 14:23. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.

Hard work = profit, BUT, mere talk = poverty. Such a pesky word: but.

Solomon doesn't leave much wiggle room here. Perhaps because he knew it was human nature to try and wiggle out of all that stuff that seems too challenging and overwhelming. 

What is that one thing you must begin putting effort towards in order to reap the profits that God would love you to experience in this life? Tip. It's usually obvious. Most likely it's the one thing you don't want to tackle or adjust, thus leading you down a path towards a feeling of depletion. I would suggest enlisting the help of a running-mate - someone who will be relentless in holding you accountable to that one thing, rather than choosing someone who will fill you with the empty sweet nothings you would prefer to hear. 

Maybe that one thing is choosing to digest daily biblical fuel (we'd love to have you here), or stepping up to give your belongings and/or time. Do you feel the tug to begin saying "yes" to healthier and more fruitful choices? Maybe you need to stop talking as if you've got it all together and allow the body of Christ to help pick up some slack. Find someone who has done what you need to conquer, and follow their lead. Whatever that one thing is, the process won't be convenient. And you can be certain that it will be hard work. 

Consider the alternative. "But-," you argue. Review the scripture again. And decide.

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