The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5 (NIV)
Some Canadian employers are willing to incur the added costs of hiring temporary foreign workers because they believe they have a better work ethic than Canadian workers, says the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Dan Kelly told CBC news. “I can tell you, anecdotally, I’ve had many, many emails from small business owners who’ve said that their temporary foreign workers are among the most productive employees, that are doing really high-quality work, that have terrific customer service skills and, more than anything, are reliable.”
It was James Thurber who coined the phrase “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” As with so many truisms in life, they find their basis in the Bible. King Solomon wrote often about the principles that lead to success in this world. In Proverbs 21:5 he writes, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” It wasn’t until later in life that I learned so many of the Biblical principles for personal finances. I’m grateful for those ministries that teach Biblical principles for financial management – they have been a blessing to many who have had some serious financial problems. Solomon here reminds us that we should all set some goals for our spending and investing. We should be setting plans and being diligent in working on those plans. This is so counter-cultural in this fast food world in which we live. People buy lottery tickets to try to get rich quickly. Many max out their credit cards because they want something immediately. And before long they are deep in debt. How much wiser to learn patience and diligence.
These have been words from the heart.