Book: Proverbs 14
“Work Brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.”
At the end of meetings or coaching sessions the question I want to make sure is answered and is clear in everyone’s minds is, “what is the next step?”. I have been through too many meetings where great discussion and ideas have been shared only to leave without any follow through. This results in further meetings, further discussion and no action taken. Eventually, participants get discouraged or frustrated and do not attend the meetings.
I observed a leadership team once that was frustrated because they had great discussion and wonderful dreams but couldn’t implement them. After each meeting, nothing moved forward. It was pointed out to them that although they came up with great ideas and plans together, none of them were assigned to make them happen. It was assumed someone else would get the work done. Their personalities did not lend towards administrating their decisions. They finally decided to include their administrative assistant into their meetings so that once a decision was made she would make it happen. She had the ability to break the decision down into pieces and assign them to the appropriate people; then this leadership team flourished.
I like the word ‘mere’ in this proverb as it sets the tone and that is, that if all you do is talk you are not getting anything worthwhile done. However, if the talk leads to effective work, there will be positive results! Talk for the sake of talk is a waste of precious time. Kingdom builders are workers.
One of the dangers of retirement is that people stop doing productive work. They often spend time talking which leads to gossip which leads to people getting hurt. Instead, for those who no longer need to financially earn an income there is a great opportunity to use their gifts and vast experience to help other younger people succeed in the Kingdom.
Consider this question, “How does your talking lead to productive work in the Kingdom of God?” Does it lead to ‘next steps’ for yourself and others? How could you be more effective in this?
1 Corinthians 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.