No shortcuts…



Scripture: Proverbs 13:11 Wealth hastily gotten will dwindle, but those who gather little by little will increase it.

Observation: The writer shares an important truth in this verse. When we acquire something valuable – quickly – we don’t have time to develop the character and competency needed to keep it. Turns out, for the most important things in life there are generally no shortcuts. Progress tends to be slow. Painfully slow.

Application: Patience is not my strong suit – and it shows. Yesterday was Friday, my day for Sabbath, but it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. I’m so easily distracted by things going on around me. My compulsion to be productive is such that I have a hard time setting it aside – even for one day a week. Even for half a day. I have an undisciplined mind and a restless spirit molded over the course of 50 years. Ugh!

It’s going to take time to unlearn some things so I can enjoy the blessing of Sabbath. 

But even now the Lord gives me a glimpse of what’s possible. It may only be for an hour or two in an entire day, but when I’m able to really focus on the Lord – it’s awesome. Makes me want to keep going. But progress is painfully slow. Did I mention patience is not my strong suit?

Prayer: Lord, I trust the time and effort required to learn the spiritual discipline of Sabbath will be worth it. But… could you hurry it up please? Amen.

P.S., I have a feeling the answer to my question is “no”.

One thought on “No shortcuts…

  1. Dora Ratcliff

    “Patience is the key to joy, haste is the key to sorrow ” is something I read somewhere. Your message is so true of so many of us today.

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