Book: Proverbs 12
“Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.”
My grandfather use to find things, fix them up and make them useful again. I was always amazed what he picked up from the discards of others and turned into gems. He would take the object, clean it up and either reuse it or re-purpose it. If he didn’t need it, once it was as good as new, he found someone who would appreciate it and give it to them. I remember my grandfather always had a few projects on the go that he was reclaiming. He did not waste anything.
As I look back at how my grandparents lived I can’t help think that their experience going through the great depression influenced their diligent use of everything. They had very little during those years and so had to make do with what they had.
I remember hearing a story about my father who was a child during the great depression. One day he was asked to set the table. Understand he was from a family of nine children. As he was carrying the plates to the table he dropped them all and they ended up all breaking. Because his family lacked the funds to replace the plates, for the next period of time they had to eat out of other containers. When you have very little you use what you have. You do not have the luxury of being lazy or wasting what you have.
Today, most of us have plenty. I remember an instructor saying, “In North America we do not have a food famine we have a time famine. We don’t have the time to use everything we own.” God calls each one of us to be a good steward or manager of what He has given us. When we waste time or resources we are actually wasting the Kings resources. He expects we will be diligent and take advantage of every opportunity. He wants us to use what he has given us.
Take time to consider what God has given you and see if there is any wastage. How could you be more diligent with those things?