KEY 2: DILIGENCE. DILIGENCE PAYS OFF Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29 One of the known secrets of life is that diligence has rewards. To be diligent is to be careful, meticulous or thorough in what one is doing. Such people avoid mistakes, but if they make them, they are careful to learn from the experience, never to repeat it again. To be diligent is to be industrious and hard working, never giving into slackness. As stated in the opening scripture, these kinds of people have a quality that attracts them to people of high status like Kings. Remember, any place worth going will cost you to get there. Similarly, to get your life to another level, you must be prepared to acquire particular qualities that will draw you to that level and sustain you there too. It is of no good to you, to sit and admire to be something that you are not prepared bear. For instance, do not admire to have a car when you are not prepared to pay for driving lessons, insurance, road tax, fuel and maintenance. Everything you desire comes with attached responsibilities that require one to be diligent in meeting them. Diligence makes one rich. Scripture says He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Prov. 10:4. As you practice diligence, you will avoid mistakes in your life as you develop a pattern of doing things meticulously to avoid repeat. The result will be to have plenty of time and resources as scripture says the thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want . Prov. 21:5 As Diligence is a quality desired by many, even God is watching you to reward you for it as the scripture says He rewards those that seek him diligently , Heb 11:6. In whatever you do, the level of diligence you use will reward you. However, its not always smooth for the diligent. When the diligent fail having done all they could, they get up, cast the dust off themselves and try again. Failure has just taught them how not to do it, and as they keep at it, soon they see their handwork rewarded. So keep on practicing your diligence. Be diligent in going to church, in reading God’s word, in working on your career and it will pay off. As you perfect your skill, you will become a leading force in what you do. Eventually others will pay for what you diligently committed yourself to do. Scripture says the hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. Prov.12:24 Therefore, the ancient secret of life I have for you today is to keep on being diligent. It will pay off. Prayer Dear heavenly father, I thank you for your word. I pray I am diligent in all that I do. I pray am diligent in seeking you and the reading of your word. I pray you are at work in me to cause me to do your will diligently, in Jesus name I pray, amen.