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Symptoms of Slothfulness

recognize the development of a sluggard
God knows our hearts, and He warns us to guard them with diligence: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

How to Conquer Slothfulness

develop the disciplines of diligence
The reproofs for slothfulness are painful: “The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns . . .” (Proverbs 15:19). Yet, there is hope for the sluggard. God gives instructions both to him and about him.

Be Committed to Diligence

putting your heart into it
Diligence is the opposite of slothfulness. It is the dedicated fervency God calls us to invest in each task that we perform.

Tracing Financial Loss to Violations of God’s Word

far-reaching consequences for personal sins
Financial losses can be consequences of selfish attitudes, immorality, a lack of diligence, or other failures, such as we find described in the following proverbs.

From Fear to Faithfulness

learning to trust God and take care of His gifts
What is the worst thing that could happen to you? As a kid, I remember dreading the chicken pox. When I got older, I began to fear death, car accidents, or robbery.

Motivating a Teen to Get to Bed Early

understand the value of rest and meditation on Scripture
Many young people prefer to stay up late and to sleep in late, but these habits are not ones that will lead them to success! Helping teens learn the discipline of getting to bed early and rising early sets them on track to establish healthful disciplines and to learn the value of time.

Understanding Financial Freedom

discover God’s plan for money
True financial freedom involves understanding and applying God’s principles for handling money. God’s Word mentions money more than eight hundred times—God is serious about teaching us the right way to handle money.

Motivating a Teen to Rise Early

learning to make the most of each day
Rising early in the morning is one of the most productive disciplines a young person can establish. Help a teen realize what he will gain by getting up early and what he will lose if he habitually sleeps in too late.

Home: A Productivity Center

using skills to meet needs with diligence and efficiency
In many homes today, entertainment is the top priority. This is unfortunate, because a focus on entertainment greatly diminishes the potential for productivity in the home.
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