Solomon in his proverbs reveals one of the secrets of greatness, ‘diligence’. He says that a person who is diligent in his or her ways will end up rubbing shoulders with the high and mighty of this world. Coming from the wealthiest man and wisest person that ever lived, this carries a lot of weight (1 Kings 10). The dictionary gives a simple definition of diligence as “hard work”, but the meaning of the word carries more weight than that.
Diligence connotes the idea of hard work and smart work combined. It is hard work to use a dull axe to cut down a tree, but it is not smart work. The smarter thing to do today will be to use a chain saw. Working smart and working hard combined will get you farther. The person who uses an axe and works for 2 hours will probably cut down 4 trees. The one with a chainsaw working for the same amount of time will possibly cut down five times as many trees.
If you will stand in the courts of the high and mighty you must be diligent in your ways. This means you must learn and study the most efficient ways in your craft, and be willing to go the extra mile to generate results.
Scriptures to Meditate: Prov.10:4; 12:24; 14:23, Gal.6:9, 1 Cor.15:58, 2 Tim.2:15