Category Archives: Diligence

George Washington Carver

As a young boy, George Washington Carver learned the importance of not neglecting work and study to enjoy his love of nature and painting. This thoroughness in keeping his priorities straight later paid off when he became a botanist and chemist.

As the professor of agriculture at the Tuskegee Institute, he was approached by farmers asking him to help them restore their depleted fields to productivity. After careful research, he found that peanuts would be the best crop to plant. However, when the peanuts were harvested, the farmers found there was no market for their abundant crop. Feeling responsible, Professor Carver determined to create a market and go all the way in helping the farmers. After only two days, he found twenty new uses for the peanut. Not satisfied with this, he continued researching throughout his lifetime, discovering over three hundred uses for the peanut, including peanut butter!

Achieving True Success

The Rewards of Character

It’s as we begin to develop Godly character that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives. In Psalms 18:20, the psalmist says, “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness” –  The LORD rewarded me according to my character.

As we’re truthful we get the blessings of truthfulness. As we’re diligent we get the blessings of being diligent. As we honor and show respect to those in to authority, we get the blessings that go along with that.

Scripture is full of promises but the majority of those promises are conditional.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” God has promised to give us the desires of our heart, but they’re conditional upon our delighting ourselves in Him and in His character.

Ephesians 6:2-3 says, “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Do you know any young people today and things aren’t going well for them? Many times it can be traced back to a violation of this conditional promise.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” God has certainly promised to guide and direct us, but that guidance is conditional upon us acknowledging Him in all our ways.

God’s promises and blessings are not ours to enjoy regardless of how we live the Christian life; but it’s as we begin to develop Godly character and become more like Christ that we begin to see the rewards of God’s blessing upon our lives.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

Three Types of People

As we rejoice in the Lord and seek not to quench the Spirit we will be enthusiastic. What exactly does it mean to be enthusiastic? There are three types of people in the world, energy-givers, energy-wasters, and energy-takers. God not only loves cheerful "givers" of our finances but also our energy.

Energy-Giver

  • Helps others
  • Says kind words
  • Smiles
  • Shares with others
  • Stands for what is right
  • Tells the truth, even when difficult

Energy-Waster

  • Helps if convenient
  • Says nothing
  • Does not smile
  • Keeps things for self
  • Stands for nothing
  • Tells the truth most of the time

Energy-Taker

  • Helps self
  • Says unkind words
  • Frowns
  • Takes from others
  • Stands for wrong
  • Lies when it is convenient

Enthusiasm is being an "Energy-Giver" in every area of life.

The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Diligence in The Bible

1) Christ, an example # Mr 1:35 Lu 2:49

2) REQUIRED BY GOD IN
2a) Seeking him # 1Ch 22:19 Heb 11:6
2b) Obeying him # De 6:17 11:13
2c) Hearkening to him # Isa 55:2
2d) Striving after perfection # Php 3:13,14
2e) Cultivating Christian graces # 2Pe 1:5
2f) Keeping the souls # De 4:9
2g) Keeping the heart # Pr 4:23
2h) Labours of love # Heb 6:10-12
2i) Following every good work # 1Ti 5:10
2j) Guarding against defilement # Heb 12:15
2k) Seeking to be found spotless # 2Pe 3:14
2l) Making our call, &c, sure # 2Pe 1:10
2m) Self-examination # Ps 77:6
2n) Lawful business # Pr 27:23 Ec 9:10
2o) Teaching religion # 2Ti 4:2 Jude 1:3
2p) Instructing children # De 11:19
2q) Discharging official duties # De 19:18

3) Saints should abound in # 2Co 8:7

4) IN THE SERVICE OF GOD
4a) Should be preserved in # Ga 6:9
4b) Is not in vain # 1Co 15:58
4c) Preserves from evil # Ex 15:26
4d) Leads to assured hope # Heb 6:11

5) God rewards # De 11:14 Heb 11:6

6) IN TEMPORAL MATTERS, LEADS TO
6a) Favour # Pr 11:27
6b) Prosperity # Pr 10:4 13:4
6c) Honour # Pr 12:24 22:29

7) Illustrated # Pr 6:6-8

How to Demonstrate Diligence

to God

  • Listening to His Word (Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 55:2)
  • Keeping His commandments (Deuteronomy 6:17; 11:13)
  • Studying the Bible (2 Tim 2:15)
  • Guarding against defilement (Hebrews 12:15)
  • Seeking to be found spotless (2 Peter 3:14)
  • Discovering our life calling (2 Peter 1:10)
  • Teaching our children (Deuteronomy 11:19)

to Parents

  • Rising early in the morning (Proverbs 20:13)
  • Taking the initiative in helping with chores before you’re asked
  • Going beyond the assignments you are given
  • Investing in the lives of your brothers and sisters
  • Honouring them and speaking well of them in front of others
  • Do the jobs no one else wants to do

to your Civil Authorities

  • Pray for your civil authorities (1 Timothy 2:2)
  • Offer to serve your civil authorities

to your Employers

  • Arrive early for work
  • Avoid wasting time on the job
  • Make sure you understand your responsibilities
  • Seek to master your trade

A Letter to Garcia

On February 22, 1899, the publisher of a small-town newspaper was discussing with a friend who the real hero of the Spanish-American war was. He wrote down his thoughts in an hour and put them in a leftover spot in his newspaper. Soon orders came for more copies, and eventually forty million reprints of that article were distributed around the world. This is a powerful testimony to the worldwide recognition of the importance of diligence.

“When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the insurgence. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba – no one knew where. No mail or telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation, and quickly. What to do!

“Someone said to the President, ‘There is a fellow by the name of Rowan. He will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.’ Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia.

“How the ‘fellow by the name of Rowan’ took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot and delivered his letter to Garcia – are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.

“The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, ‘Where is he at?’ There is a man whose form should be cast in bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, to concentrate their energies: do the thing – ‘carry the message to Garcia.’

“General Garcia is dead now, but there are other ‘Garcias.’ No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise in which many hands are needed has not been appalled by the inability or unwillingness of workers to concentrate on a task and do it.

“Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and halfhearted work seem to be the rule. Put this matter to a test: You are sitting now in your office – six clerks are within call. Summon any one and make this request:

“‘Please look in the encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio.’

“Will the clerk quietly say, ‘Yes, sir,’ and go do the task? He will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye and ask one or more of the following questions:

“‘Who was he?’ ‘Which encyclopedia?’ ‘Was I hired for this?’ ‘Don’t you mean Bismark?’ ‘What’s the matter with Charlie doing it?’ ‘Is there any hurry?’ ‘Should I bring the book and let you look it up?’ ‘What do you want to know for?’

“After you answer his questions and explain how to find the information and why you want it, the clerk will no doubt go off and get one of the other clerks to help him try to find ‘Garcia’ – and then come back and tell you there’s no such man.

“This incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold and lift – these are the things that drive employers to despair.

“We have recently been hearing much maudlin sympathy expressed for the ‘downtrodden denizens of the sweat shop’ and the ‘homeless wanderers in search of honest employment’ and often with it all go many hard words for the men in power.

“Nothing is said about the employer who grows old before his time in a vain attempt to get frowzy ne’er-do-wells to do intelligent work, and his long, patient striving after ‘help’ that does nothing but loaf when his back is turned.

“In every store and factory there is a constant weeding-out process going on. The employer is constantly sending away ‘help’ that have shown their incapacity to further the interests of the business.

“I know one man who has not the ability to manage a business of his own and yet who is absolutely worthless to anyone else because he constantly carries with him the suspicion that his employer is oppressing or intending to oppress him. He cannot give orders, and he will not receive them. Should a message be given him to take to Garcia? Tonight, this man walks the streets looking for work. No one who knows him dares hire him.

“In our pitying, let us drop a tear or two for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, whose hair is fast turning white through the struggle to hold in line indifference and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.

“My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the boss is away as well as when he is at home, and the man who, when given a letter to Garcia, quietly takes it without asking any idiotic questions and delivers it.

“The world cries out for such. He is needed, and needed badly – the man who can carry a letter to Garcia.”

Condensed and adapted from “A Letter to Garcia” by Elherd Hubbard

Bible Verses Related to Diligence

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Don’t forget to ask your children the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? When? and How? Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family.

  • Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
  • Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
  • Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. {teach: Heb. whet, or, sharpen}
  • Deuteronomy 6:17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
  • Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
  • Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
  • Psalms 119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
  • Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. {with…: Heb. above all keeping}
  • Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
  • Proverbs 11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
  • Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. {slothful: or, deceitful}
  • Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
  • Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
  • Proverbs 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
  • Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. {mean…: Heb. obscure men}
  • Proverbs 27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. {look…: Heb. set thy heart}
  • Luke 12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
  • 2 Corinthians 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. {I have: or, he hath}