Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Come along with me again this week in your mind and visualize our trail, we once again come across an overlook and down in the valley we see the farmers busy at the harvest. This scene reminds me of how wise it would be if we all would think like a farmer.
Thinking Like a Farmer
Proverbs 23:3-5 encourages us to be careful of the continuous pursuit of wealth:
Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
In the blink of an eye wealth disappears,
for it will sprout wings
and fly away like an eagle.
As we consider thinking like a farmer, we must realize that most of us will not be farming full time. So let’s continue on our trail and consider another point which is how to overcome a great challenge on our trek of life.
The Great Challenge of Life
Here’s one of the great challenges of life…You can have more than you currently have because you can become more than you currently are.
I have found that income seldom will exceed your own personal development. Once in a while income takes a lucky jump, but unless you personally grow out to where it is, it will go back to where you are. It has been predicted in studies that if you took all the money in the world and divided it among everyone equally, it would soon be back in the same pockets. Regardless of whether that is actually true, on an individual level, you can have more because you can become more. You see, here is how the other side of the coin reads…Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you currently have. Creating a plan won’t work for you. It may be a good plan, but it won’t work without you. You’ve got to work it. It is the human effort that counts. The major thing that makes the difference is what YOU do.
Proverbs 21:5 teaches us to plan, but then to take action, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
In order to have more, you need to become more. One person may say “If I had a good job, I would really pour it on, but I have this lousy job so I just goof off.” If that is your philosophy, you are destined to stay there.
You may have said, if I had a lot of money, I would be really generous, but I don’t have much so I’m not generous. See, you’ve got to change that philosophy, or you will never have an accumulation of wealth. Unless YOU change, your situation won’t change. Amazingly, however, when you throw out your blame list and start becoming more yourself, the difference is everything else will begin to change around you. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.