There is nothing like being inspired by God’s word. Lately, I’ve been impatient with my life. I’ve craved it to move faster in certain areas, such as with my online small business. I was recently reminded that I needed to wait on God’s timing. I also read a great devotion on contentment my wife sent me. It helped me see how I’ve been comparing myself with others. It’s a case of trying to keep up with the Joneses, but in as a business sense.
God hasn’t stopped working on me even after sharing the above. He’s nudging me along in the direction he wants me to go. Recently, a respected friend reminded me of a passage in Proverbs:
Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty. – Proverbs 21:5 TLB
“Steady plodding” is something I’ve been focused on lately. I think there is a lot we can take away from these two important words.
This scripture is most often looked at in its relationship to investing. God describes to us how we should prepare for the future. Investing shouldn’t be hasty, or with quick decisions. It’s not a get-rich-quick process. You must have consistent investments over time. But, I’ve gleaned more from this scripture than just a lesson in investing.
Steady, by definition, is unwavering, or firm in position. You don’t give up. You stay consistent in your approach unless God calls you to do something different. Your actions don’t bring short-term success, but there can certainly be little wins that encourage you along the way.
Plodding, by definition, is “slow and unexciting.” I’ve wanted things to move along in my own light speed timing which is perhaps a sign of distrusting God’s perfect timing. Plodding takes time. It’s work that takes place over time that involves wise decisions and is methodical. Perhaps it can be viewed as work that requires a long journey which leads to God’s desired end result.
Putting “Steady Plodding” to Work in Your Own Life
Comparing yourself to others no longer makes sense when you’re taking the “steady plodding” approach to life. Your goal is longer term and you realize short term bumps in the road, or even smaller wins, don’t mean much compared to the end result. The end result, of course, must always be focused on God’s will and purpose, and not ourselves.
I believe steady plodding can be applied to more than just investing, or the impatience I have had with my online business. What about taking this approach with raising children? I’ve learned as a young father that my kids aren’t always going to behave in the way I desire them to. But I do know that as I plant small seeds along the way (steady plodding), like teaching them good manners or the importance of giving, the end result is sure to be something pleasing to God.
Or, what about with physical fitness? God desires us to have healthy bodies which can serve him. You know as well as I do that working out a couple of times, or eating healthy a few days, isn’t going to get you in top shape. You have to be consistent at eating healthy, or exercise over a longer period of time – steady plodding leads to a healthier you down the road.
Proverbs 21:5 brings a lot of encouragement to me. This God-inspired wisdom helps me to continue to take daily steps towards God’s will for my life and not lose patience or compare myself to others. I know it’s not a guarantee of my personal desires or achieving certain things with my business. I’ll just have to leave that up to God in the end.
What about you? What do you think about these ideas of applying “steady plodding” to your own life? Leave a comment!