October 28, 2009

Character Is Industrious

Written by Boyd Bailey

Character Is Industrious… “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31:17

Character has a sense of seeing things through until they are done. It’s industrious labor that produces results that matter. With conscientious care there is an attention to detail that determines excellent outcomes. Processes are put in place to provide clarity and consistency in the work. Systems are designed around the processes to ensure accountability and implementation. Industrious people do not lack creative energy.

These passionate individuals are not aggressively active just to appear busy. They work vigorously with a focused mission in mind. Come “hell or high water” they remain intensely attentive to the task at hand, until its completion. Other good ideas might invite its attention but without success. They are disciplined to not sacrifice the best for the good.

Industriousness is alert to present productivity, while trusting the Lord to take care of future opportunities. It does not waste time in idle talk, conjecture and complaining. “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both” (Ecclesiastes 11:6 NLT).

One cautionary question to ask, “Do I keep relational responsibilities a priority as I aggressively pursue achievements?” Tasks are a means to an end, so enjoy the journey by loving on people along the way. Reach the destination alone and you accomplish a sterile goal. Reach the destination with friends and family, and you celebrate an ongoing legacy that honors the Lord and those who helped you arrive. Do you value intimacy?

Character is industrious without losing its intimacy with God and man. The Lord blesses the right kind of busyness, “You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses” (Haggai 1:9 NLT). “Am I busy with industriousness that is blessed by God?”

Related Readings: Proverbs 14:23; Isaiah 32:6; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:9

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