For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
We live in a culture of ‘play now… pay later’. Whether we are talking about our health, finances, relationships, or work, it seems we are always trading some fun and easy living now for trouble later.
It takes a lot of discipline to overcome the tendency to ‘put off until tomorrow what we should do today’. But, when we do, we find our problems are bigger, nastier, and even harder to deal with that if we nipped them in the beginning.
There is not way to TEACH this kind of thing. The wise have learned to DO it… the rest of us continue to struggle. The difference between the wise and the not-so-wise:
Discipline… plain old-fashioned discipline.
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:6-11)