The Dancing Puritan

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What do you do with your cravings?

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied (Proverbs 12:4).

The folks in history that we admire the most are those who were not content to merely desire various objectives but who were actually diligent in their pursuits. One might desire what they do not pursue and desire alone will not result in being richly supplied.

I am thinking, as I write, of people that I admire. Without exception they are people of unusual discipline. And they are people who find in that discipline a freedom. They are also people who are richly supplied with opportunity and various benefits. They have learned to not simply manage the clock but to use time in such a way that captures their imagination and move them towards specific objectives.

I am also thinking of people who often speak of hopes, dreams and desires and yet never seem to move in any meaningful way towards those desires. They have imagination but not the sort that fuels them to stretch themselves out towards their objectives.

There are also those who do seek after their goals and yet they are so unclear on how to prioritize so that they are like the proverbial man who jumps on his horse and takes off in all directions. The result of that is a busy but undirected life.

The diligent person in Proverbs is one that has learned to fear and know God and is in constant pursuit of gaining the wisdom of God.  He hears, learns and acts. He disciplines his mouth so as not to allow his speech to bring him to ruin. He avoids the forbidden woman and the wicked life. He sits down at the table of wisdom and enjoys a perpetual feast. He surrounds himself with wise folks and learns wisdom himself. Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm (Proverbs 13:20).

Herein is another mark of the diligent, they recognize their need for wise friends. They have no time to bring into their most intimate circles-- foolish people.  They call out to the unwise and exhort them to pursue wisdom but they cannot hang out with foolish people who are committed to foolishness.

Great folks surround themselves with great folks. They eat, drink, walk and talk with the wise.

What about you?  Do you have wise friends?  Are you content with desiring but not pursuing God-centered objectives? Do you crave (with full contentment in Christ) good things? Are you willing to be diligent with your cravings?