Wise living takes discipline, persistence, and trust. Some are tempted to indulge in extra sleep or to procrastinate. Others are tempted to act impulsively or try to control it all. Wise people take a broader view of life and work steadily toward success.
Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 20:4, 13, 18, and 24
4 Lazy people don’t plan ahead or prepare and they don’t have what they need when the time comes.
13 If you love to sleep, poverty will take over your life. Get up and get to work so you’ll have enough to eat.
18 Get lots of advice while you’re making your plans. Let people guide when you go to battle.
24 Only the Lord knows everything about our journey. We can’t see or understand everything that’s going on.
Don't be lazy. Plan ahead. Seek guidance. Work hard and be persistent. And don't be a control freak. You can have a great deal of influence over your own success, but are never in complete control and you do not know everything that is going on in the grand picture. Trust God.
"Lord, help me to be a wise planner and a diligent executor. Most of all, help me to trust You with it all. Amen."