by Sharman J. Monroe
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty.”
Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV)
We’ve heard the tale of the tortoise and the hare. The hare, who always bragged about how fast he could run, challenged the tortoise to a race. He just knew he could run faster than the tortoise and win so he wasted his time sleeping. When the hare woke up, the tortoise had crossed the finish line. How was this possible? The tortoise’s goal was to cross the finish line. His plan was to just keep moving toward the finish line and he stayed focused on his plan. The hare also had a plan, but he didn’t stay focused on his plan; he became distracted and slept.
How many times are we like the hare? We have things we know we need to do. We get started, but then the flesh rears its head and we are distracted. We get distracted by problems, situations, social media, people, phone notifications, and the like. Sometimes, the distraction is negative self-taught, doubt, fear, disobedience or perfectionism. In other words, sin. All of these things, especially sin, send us down the wrong road. The Word teaches us that when we decide on a course of action, are diligent and focused on that course, then we will succeed; we will have abundance. God gave us the power of self-control so we can be diligent (2 Tim. 1:7), but He knows that we do get easily distracted. When that happens, we need to remember our course of action and return to it. If sin was the distraction, we need to confess our sin (1 John 1:9) and return to God who loves us unconditionally and is in our corner.
Although we may wish it, no good plan of action is completed overnight. We hit unexpected bumps and snags that we need to overcome. The key is to be like the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race!