Proverbs 12:11 – ‘Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time.’
‘The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.’ – Will Dodges
You may feel that you’ve contributed a lot in this life. Maybe even financially you’re comfortable and have found that you’re easily saving and giving.
That’s great! It doesn’t however mean that you should stop. As long as there are still people in need, still people lacking, you should feel obligated as a wealthy Christian to make a positive impact in whatever way you can, for as long as you can.
Likewise, you can work hard to be even more prosperous in this lifetime. Does that seem greedy to you? Well let me ask you something: if you could give even more because of your earnings and leave more for your children and grandchildren, would you?
Working hard for more is not about being greedy – we can be content with what we have now. But it doesn’t mean that we then decide to coast through life, choosing to be inactive in our contentment. Instead, it should give us the impetus to do even more, bless even more and generate even more wealth. Don’t park. It may be that your success in life is the stepping stone God has in mind to help you to bless so many others if you just keep pushing forward.
Create a little exercise for yourself. You can choose to base it on the 30 days in this study or the past 12 months. Identify first the wealth goals that you have created and achieved. Now determine: where do you want to be in 12 months time? Use these goals to encourage you to just keep on. Setting goals and working toward them will help to hold you accountable so that you can be proactive in further improving your financial situation. When you do this, you can bless so many more!
It is my prayer for you:
- That you will recognise that consistently improving your financial situation is possible with hard work.
- That you will not be tempted to sit in complacency when you reach a particular financial goal.
- That you will be excited by achieving goals and use this to drive you to achieve more.
Lord I thank you that you identify the importance of hard work to be prosperous. Help me to find the right balance of work and rest so that I can achieve my financial goals.
Consider only borrowing money to purchase assets that will generate income for you, not for products that will decrease in value over time.