November 13, 2010

Diligence, Schoolwork, and Unfailing Strength

Posted in Proverbs, School, Spirituality at 11:01 am by Katie

So, I was just convicted about my schoolwork.

My schoolwork.  Who expects to be convicted about that?  If I was to peek into my life right now and start pointing fingers at parts where I should be convicted, the list would include my time with the Lord, my actions toward others, and a whole host of other things.

This morning, I was reading yesterday’s P31 devotion about shortcuts and how they don’t get us anywhere we want to be.  I think shortcuts and most people’s fascination with them are just interesting.  Plus…I love a good shortcut.  Why yes, I did just throw out a computer shortcut to Hannah about 45 minutes ago.  But I digress…

Anyway, so the application portion of this devotion prompted me to name one area of my life that needed work and two steps I could take to see change in that area this week.  Check, done, moving on (PS, it’s my quiet time, so if any one of you wants to hold me accountable to that…please feel free!)

Then, the reflection portion asked about shortcuts I’ve taken in life that have proved to be bad decisions.  As I sat back and tried to think about it, “schoolwork” kept popping into my head.  As I began to write, it became pretty clear.  I have taken the laissez-faire attitude to my schoolwork in the past three weeks.  Anyone who has been around me has heard me say that I am over this semester, over grad school, and over my work for classes.  Cool, so is 95% of my cohort.

But the Lord really showed me this morning that in rushing through readings or procrastinating on papers (ahem, subculture paper…yeahhh), I’m not producing my best work.  Everything I do should be my best because it’s a reflection of God and is work for Him.  So, when I’m being “over” school and just not caring, it’s not exactly glorifying the Lord in the way that it should be.

Whoops.

But isn’t it great that the Lord can convict us about things without us even knowing we needed to be convicted about them?  He knows our hearts better than we ever could, and He can point out those things that need work that wouldn’t even make our lists.

One of the verses at the end of this particular devotion was Proverbs 13:4.

“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” (NIV)

“Fully satisfied.”  Those words jumped off the screen at me.  What exactly does it mean to be fully satisfied?

Well, I got a little nerdy, and I looked up the Greek for satisfied.  (Yes, Ellen…I just looked up the Greek for a word.  You have now rubbed off even more!)

The Greek word for satisfied is Areko.  It means:

  • to be possessed of unfailing strength
  • to be strong, to suffice, to be enough
  • to defend, ward off
  • to be contented

To be possessed of unfailing strength.  That one really stood out for me.  By being diligent, all of our desires will be enough.  We will be content, and we will possess unfailing strength.  How cool is that?

So, here’s to me (and maybe the rest of us) being more diligent in the rest of this semester, year, or whatever season you may be in.

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1 Comment »

  1. ellen said,

    hooray! for looking up the greek, not me rubbing off on you.

    this is something God’s been working on me about, too. not just being diligent but being purposed. knowing what my priorities are and living like it. that’s where the faithful work comes in.


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