When is the Best Time to Write? – Proverbs 14:23

It’s like asking a painter when he should choose the colors for his palette, or a chef when she should start working on a menu plan. When is the best time to start?

A better question might be, How can I predict when my super genius will show up – so minimal effort will give birth to amazing creations?

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Now is a good time

I parked under the Jerry’s Home Improvement sign last week, waiting for a man to show up with the car we were interested in buying. The window of opportunity for getting it to our mechanic was narrowing by the minute, but there I sat, tapping my finger on the steering wheel.

I was also concerned about my husband’s arrival. He felt the pressure of the ticking clock, as well. And I was uneasy about meeting a stranger alone.

A perfect opportunity, nearly

Instead of fussing about the inconvenience of it all, I chose to work on something I had more control over. I pulled my notebook out of my purse and found a blank page. It wasn’t easy corralling my thoughts at first, but I was determined to put some words on paper that might eventually morph into a blog post or a devotional for my publisher.

I found the unlikely location and out-of-the-ordinary scenery refreshed my thinking, and sure enough, ideas flowed. Now I have an inspirational message I can share.

Perfect situation or not, I can keep working. I can find some way to be productive. Like poking seeds into rich soil and tending the plants as they grow, my continued efforts will bring a profitable result.

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23 NIV).

Now is a perfect time to write, and now I have another environment to write in – our newer car.

Kathy Davis

One Way to Keep from Being Robbed – Proverbs 24

Did you know we can cheat ourselves out of having what we need? This saying draws a picture of a lazy person’s field where his resources don’t grow well and his boundaries aren’t sound. That means animals and people can easily get into his business. Their laziness robs them.

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“I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense. Thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a thief, and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 24:30-34 NIV).

He comes to poverty because he’d rather “chill” than take care of his own affairs.

Because of the way I was raised, being lazy hasn’t been much of a temptation for me. But there is one aspect to this I have struggled with – refusing to work hard and calling it “trusting God.” Oh, ouch!

This is what pried me loose from my misguided laziness-mixed-with-faith ideas: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23 NIV).

We will profit if we work hard. Hopefully, we will learn how to work better as we practice at it. Better productivity, more enjoyment in our work, etc.

There is a time for sleep, of course. But after some hard work sleep is especially sweet.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis