A lot of us have dreams that don’t include our current job. This is not a result of opportunity refusing to knock, but simply because we haven’t been diligent in pursuing our dreams. Proverbs 12:24 reads, “the hand of the diligent will rule but the slack hand will be put to force labor.” The person who is not diligent in pursuing their soulful desires will have a job description that they don’t want!
I’m not advocating you to go quit your job today. I wouldn’t dare suggest that. However, you should use your current job as motivation to get busy working towards your dream. Here is the reality, on one hand you have the diligent who are calling the shots and writing your job descriptions, as well as their own. On the other hand, you have the slack hand, who wake up everyday having to fulfill a job description that they don’t want to. Which one of these would you say reflect you and your employment? Which would you prefer to describe yourself as, one who has a slack hand or one who is diligent?
Let’s define diligence. Years ago when talking to an older pastor about diligence, he defined it like this, “Diligence is doing a little bit every day until you get what you want.” That is it! This to date, is the simplest and one of the best definition of diligence I have ever heard.
Even though you may not be living out your dream today, be sure to do a little bit today, tomorrow and all year. Make sure you’re doing something daily moving the needle of your soul craving meter forward. There’s a Swahili song that my kids taught me. It says, Haba na haba hujaza kibaba. Say, Haba na ha-ah-ba. Little by little, bit by bit. Minute by minute, inch by inch. All things are possible, if you just say, Haba na Haba….” This song is simply saying the great and even impossible things can and will happen when you consistently do a little bit every single day. Therefore, set in your mind that every single day, with the exception of your day of rest, that you would do a little bit to push the needle forward of your dream or soul’s craving, so that you can do what you want to do and not be forced to labor.