The operational definition of diligence is “visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it.” Understanding the importance of the tasks God has given to us motivates us to work as hard as we can. When “special assignments” are something we really want to do, we somehow find the time and energy to do them. We ignore distractions as we give the task our wholehearted attention. We rise in the morning ready to accomplish the job before us, and we are eager to talk to others about the goal. Does that sound like a motivated person? Yes! All our energies are funneled into the assigned task—this persevering, focused drive is diligence.
The opposite of diligence is slothfulness. A slothful person may not see the task as a “special assignment” from God or understand why the job is important, or he may simply not care! Without a vision for the purpose or importance of the task, he lacks the desire and energy to accomplish his assignment. A lazy person may not understand how chores help his family to function effectively. A slothful student may not comprehend how working diligently on schoolwork now will yield valuable learning and wisdom to lead a productive life. His focus is on his own comfort, doing as little as possible. He is apathetic about achieving anything for himself, for others, or for God. If you lack energy, concern, or motivation about your tasks and responsibilities, ask God to change your heart and give you a vision and understanding of the importance of your work. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18a).
- Do I start an assigned task quickly and enthusiastically, or do I reluctantly fit it into my schedule?
- Am I careful to confirm instructions before beginning a project and then follow them as I work on the project?
- When I have a task to do, do I redeem the time by working steadily, or do I waste time by dawdling?
- Do I look forward to proceeding to the next task or only to resting or playing after a job is finished?
- When I review my work, do I consider it as done well and to the best of my ability?
- Am I prone to “cut corners,” procrastinate, and waste time, or do I reject those aspects of laziness?
- Do I go “the extra mile” not only by completing the job but also by working wholeheartedly?
- Do I finish strong or leave projects incomplete?
More About Diligence
God enables me to:
Know that He assigns my tasks.
Draw my energy from Him.
Follow instructions carefully.
Do my tasks with excellence.
Concentrate on my work.
Stay focused on the goal.
Finish my assignments.
Evaluate my work.
Be ready for greater responsibility.
Diligence in Scripture
Noah Finishes the Ark
Revealed in Nature
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