The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty (Proverbs 21:5).
“I don’t have enough time,” Haste screams to me. “It doesn’t matter if you don’t have all your “i”s dotted and “t”s crossed, we have to move NOW!” “If we go as fast as we can and cut all our corners and everything works perfect MAYBE we can make it.” Panic says it is my friend, “I will motivate you,” it says, “I will give you much needed energy. Don’t stop, we don’t have time to think, it all depends on us. Let’s Go!” And a single penny on the track of this bullet train causes devastating wreckage.
Diligence stands to the side, waiting for me to notice it. It is conspicuous by its lack of Panic. It is not worried about getting done. It knows it will. Or God will supply more time or more help or more of both. Diligence TAKES the time to plan, to think out what may happen in the future. To deal with problems while they are still easily solvable. Diligence discovers efficiency hidden from Haste’s frantic closed eyes. Diligence thinks and plans through the day, adjusting to new circumstances and using them to advantage. Diligence trusts in God to make all things work together for the good for those who are the called according to His purpose. Diligence can scale mountains. Diligence never fails.