At the moment’s Textual content and Considered Encouragement:
“And Ruth, the Moabitess stated to Naomi, ‘Let me go to the fields and choose up the leftover grain behind anybody in whose eyes I discover favor.’”
Ruth 2: 2
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5 Traits of Ruth – The Diligent Daughter- Half III
“Diligent” Marked by persevering, painstaking effort. Fixed in utility and a spotlight.
“Endurance and diligence, like religion, take away mountains.”
How do I apply the phrase “diligence” to the actions of my life?
What does it imply to me to be a “diligent” particular person?
“(She) who labors diligently want by no means despair.”
Menander of Athens
“Every day is God’s reward. It’s all you get in alternate for the onerous work of staying alive. Benefit from every one! No matter turns up, seize it and do it. And heartily!
Ecclesiastes 9: 9,10
Not way back, a pricey buddy was telling me about some challenges she was dealing with at her job. It appears that evidently considered one of her co-workers, somebody she needed to work with instantly, didn’t have the identical work-ethic as my buddy. In actual fact, this explicit worker all the time did as little as attainable after which, if something went flawed, this particular person was fast to level the finger at others.
From the notes I obtain every day, I do know my buddy isn’t alone. I feel all of us have confronted challenges in our work, the place the attribute of “diligence” isn’t excessive on the precedence listing of some people.
This was not the case with God’s daughter, Ruth. The very fact is that in Israelite society, God had instructed His kids to care for the widows and orphans – heavenly recommendation that applies to us in the present day. Having discovered this out, Ruth might have waited round to see who would show-up to “take care” of Naomi and herself. As a substitute, the very very first thing Ruth did after arriving in Bethlehem was to seek out work – a job — the place she toiled, because the Bible notes, from morning to nighttime, gathering meals for her household.
As an apart, in case you don’t suppose gleaning was onerous work, then it’s worthwhile to converse with people who’ve gleaned for Meals Banks. The standard of “diligence” is woven into the fiber of the hearts of each one who labors all day within the sizzling solar to place meals on the desk for his or her household.
The Bible even tells us that Boaz observed the way in which Ruth diligently labored within the area – and her onerous work paid off, for she was rewarded with further provides of grain.
I want I might promise you that on earth, our diligence in our work all the time has an finish end result just like the one in Ruth’s life. Generally it does! I do know in considered one of my first jobs, I labored tougher and longer hours than anybody round me and when a brand new job was created that wanted to be stuffed, I used to be in a position to maneuver into the place as a result of I had proved to my superiors I may very well be trusted.
Nevertheless, there have additionally been instances after I labored extraordinarily onerous, solely to have one other attempt to take credit score for my initiatives or what’s worse, try and sabotage my work.
As diligent daughters and sons of God, we’d like regularly to remind ourselves, and people who we are able to encourage, that the attribute of diligence is present in those that always remember that each one we do is completed for God. Whether or not I’m sweeping my kitchen ground or working some massive company, I wish to remind myself that “in any respect my hand finds to do, I ought to do it with all my would possibly.” Why? As a result of my diligence is rewarded by a Father who’s concerned about each job I carry out. He doesn’t love simply the “massive” pictures – He loves all of us “little” pictures as properly, who on a regular basis are quietly following His function in our lives and doing the work earlier than us as if we have been working for God, as a result of we actually are.
“Take my fingers, and allow them to transfer
on the impulse of Thy love;
Take my toes, and allow them to be
swift and exquisite for Thee.”
Frances Ridley Havergal
“This morning, Lord,
these fingers planted silver beets,
fed chicks ,kids, cat, sparrows,
and skimmed pips off a batch of plum jam.
This morning, like another day,
there have been beds to make, washing to be achieved,
and a patch sewn on the knee of a kid’s denims.
This afternoon, Lord,
considered one of these fingers bought a blister from the ax deal with
and the opposite, a splinter from kindling wooden,
however the afternoon introduced deeper ache
when my fingers closed tight to cover nervousness
then later opened to brush away tears
earlier than anybody might discover.
It’s been a day of ups and downs
with not a lot quiet in between.
Now, this night, Lord,
I come ahead to obtain You
and maintain out these fingers like a cup
for the bread of Your sacred physique.
And I uncover
that as You bless my fingers with Your presence,
so that you bless all their efforts.
All of the planting, baking, cleansing, mending,
all the pieces touched, all the pieces tended,
all my fears and tears, my loving, my hurting,
the entire up-and-down day, Lord,
is all of a sudden Eucharist.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Creator
When A Girl Meets Jesus
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