Posts Tagged ‘Work ethic’

May 5th, 2009 Focus Text: Proverbs 14: 4 (NLT)  4 Without oxen a stable stays clean,       but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead  Recently, my wife and I saw the Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire.  I have to say, it didn’t disappoint.  Set in the rancid [...]

April 1st, 2009 Focus Text: Proverbs 13: 11 (NLT) 11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;       wealth from hard work grows over time.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead I can’t check my email without receiving hundreds . . . that’s right . . . hundreds of bogus spam messages every week promising that [...]

March 24th, 2009 Focus Text: Proverbs 13: 7  (NLT)  7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich;       others who are rich pretend to be poor.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead Passages like these seem to be the inspiration behind a plethora of popular movies in the modern era.  The concept that someone [...]

March 12th, 2009 Focus Text: Proverbs 12: 27 (NLT) 27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,       but the diligent make use of everything they find.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead We often equate laziness with the simple act of refusing to work, but in actuality, it’s much more complicated than [...]

March 6th, 2009 Focus Text: Proverbs 12: 24 (NLT) 24 Work hard and become a leader;       be lazy and become a slave.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead Most American presidents who are held in the highest historical regards provided leadership during pivotal times in our nation’s history.  Washington in the American Revolution.  Lincoln [...]

February 23rd, 2009 Focus Text: Proverbs 12: 11 (NLT) 11 A hard worker has plenty of food,       but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead I’m a dreamer.  That’s no surprise, I know.  I rarely have ideas or concepts that don’t require hours of preparation coupled with [...]

January 9th, 2008 Focus Text: Proverbs 11: 5-6 (NLT) 5 The godly are directed by honesty;       the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.  6 The godliness of good people rescues them;       the ambition of treacherous people traps them.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead Ambition is a curious thing.  Depending on the context, it [...]

January 6th, 2008 Focus Text: Proverbs 11:2 (NLT) 2 Pride leads to disgrace,       but with humility comes wisdom.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead Most of you probably know that I just returned from a nine-day journey to Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Along with twenty-three others, I had the honor of lending a hand at the [...]

December 22nd, 2008 Focus Text: Proverbs 10: 26 (NLT) 26 Lazy people irritate their employers,       like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead I often speak of my upbringing because it has so vastly affected who I am today as an adult.  I was blessed beyond [...]

December 10th, 2008 Focus Text: Proverbs 10: 15-16 (NLT)  15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;       the poverty of the poor is their destruction.  16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,       but evil people squander their money on sin.   Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead Wealth.  What a word.  The goal [...]