The sluggard craves and gets nothing,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
My 7 year old son Justin is the type to put his head down and run like a bull. Some people call that stubbornness and some might call it diligence. I, as his mother, choose to call it stubbornness at this point in his life. :)
He played flag football this fall. It was the first time he ever played the game. He was the QB and he loved it! There was something special about this game for him. In all the other sports he's played, nothing has compared. I guess it's that certain something that only the player can feel....something that's deep in their soul that says this is the one. I know that may sound crazy-- talking about a 7 year old and football like that, but it is who he is. Justin loves to play football!
Now, as his mother, I can say that he really doesn't enjoy helping around the house. In fact, getting him to do anything is like trying to pull teeth. But when you got him out there on that field for practice he would give 110%. He'd put his head down and dig his feet in as if he had all the energy in the world. He trained hard and ran fast.
I stood on the sidelines at the games watching this boy of mine try to complete a pass. Time after time it didn't happen. He kept trying...he never gave up. There was a fierce determination and a hope in his eyes every time he threw that pass.
Then it happened. There I was on the sidelines. I saw him throw the pass. My hands went up and as the ball was flying through the air, I was pleading under my breath," Come on... Come on." I so badly wanted this to happen for him. And....the pass was complete for a touchdown! I started jumping up and down and yelled, " YES!!"
That hope that he had held on to for so long finally flourished. I knew his heart was singing.
It's the same thing that God tells us as Christians, to work hard doing what we are supposed to do and never lose sight of what lies ahead for us.
We want each of you to show the same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.