We live in an instant-gratification society. We want instant success and instant results. We often think we can put one day of work in and wake up the next morning where we want to be goal wise. This is a false mindset. I am reminded of this when I sit down at a restaurant with my children. Before the menus ever touch the table or the waitress takes our drink order, my kids are asking where the food is. They want to sit down and instantly be fed. They are young so they haven't yet grasped the concept of patience. A lot of us adults are the same way sometimes.
We want instant success spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. But we forget that anything lasting takes time. Remember that book we all read as kids? The Tortoise & The Hare? Who won the race? Slow and steady did... aka the Toad. He took his time and won the race. He took careful, steady steps and ended up winning.
Overnight success usually fizzles out but something that is built over time tends to last for many generations.
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” Proverbs 21:5
This verse is one of my favorites in the book of Proverbs. It talks about the diligent VS those who are hasty.
Hasty is defined by the dictionary as, “Acting with excessive speed or insufficient consideration.”
Diligent is defined by the dictionary as, "Having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties."
A hasty person doesn’t take the time to think things through. They’re always rushing their decisions and actions without thinking through them first. They expect instant results.
A diligent person considers what they’re doing, weighs the costs, and makes the decision(s) with the utmost care. They know that results take time.
I’ve made a lot of hasty decisions in the past and they almost always turned out bad in the end. Those decisions never produced the fruit I was hoping they would because they weren’t made wisely. When I have been diligent to pray and slowly think through my thoughts and actions, it has almost always turned out great and produced the fruit it was supposed to.
I want to be a woman who prayerfully and diligently makes wise decisions. I want to be the woman who remembers that results in any area of my life take time and diligence.