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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Dear Colleagues,

TEN BUSINESS PRINCIPLES FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS (Part 8 of 11)

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PRINCIPLE #7 : WORK HARD

It all began in the garden : After sinning with Eve, God spoke to Adam about his work. In a word, he would be working in pain all his life to survive:

“…Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made for you were made from dust, and to dust you will return” (Pro. 3:17b-19 – NLT).

And we have been trying ever since to figure out short cuts to work. In stark terms Proverbs warns:

  • Fantasy chasers lack judgment – a critical virtue necessary to succeed in business. (Pro. 12:11)
  • Lazy people descend into slave labor. (Pro. 12:24)
  • Sluggards never get past craving to working, thus end up with nothing. (Pro. 13:4)
  • Sloppy planning coupled with mere talk produces poverty. (Pro. 14:23; 21:5)

By way of contrast, the diligent:

Are skilled in their work, plan ahead, work their land, plod little by little to grow their business, and end up fully satisfied, making a profit, ruling over others, and standing before kings. (Pro. 22:29; 6:6-8; 28:19; 13:11; 14:23; 13:4; 12:11; 21:5; 12:24)

As always, the choice is ours : Work hard and prosper; slack off and live in poverty.

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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