Ladies, inner beauty affects our attitude. When we’re kind or selfless or honest, it’s easy to recognize that in the way we behave; our actions are the true indication of these virtues. Another attribute that beautifies the heart is this week’s inner beauty virtue: diligence.
What is diligence? It’s a manner in which we work or how much effort we put into the things that we do. When we’re diligent, we do our work conscientiously, with care and persistence. We put 100 percent into it and are not satisfied until it’s done to the best of our ability. Those who are diligent do their work to the glory of God.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. (Proverbs 10:4)
Consider practicing more diligence in the following areas of your life:
- At school. When you’re doing your work, don’t rush through it just to get it done. Take the time to understand what you’re doing. When you’re writing a report or an essay, do the best work you can do. Take the time to research when necessary, read over your work, edit accordingly. Feel confident that the work you submit, no matter what it is, is your best work.
- At home. Whether it’s doing your chores or helping out your parents, be sure to do the best job you can. And don’t leave your work half complete, or rush it, just to get it done.
Benjamin Franklin is noted as saying, “Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.” Oftentimes, when we’re lazy, we make more work for ourselves. Maybe our callous attitude causes accidents or we’re expected to do the job again, but with more diligence. Wouldn’t it have been better to do the job right in the first place?
If you’re finding it a struggle to be diligent, then consider the following tips:
- Read your Bible. Scripture reminds us about the importance of diligence. It also reminds us that everything we do is for God. So we should give Him our best work.
- Practice it. Practice diligence in everything, from picking up your room to doing your schoolwork. You should become known for your dedication and determination when doing anything, rather than for cutting corners.
- Pray for it. Pray, because God will instill within us the virtue we desire and work for. God wants us to be diligent because we’re a reflection of His Son.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Ladies, do you have diligence? Do you know of other ways to strengthen your diligence?
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