Noble inspiration is wasted when noble things go undone.

Proverbs 12:24

You might be thinking… here he goes again. Another post about the importance of doing rather than just thinking about doing.

Strike a nerve, did I?

Well, I certainly did with myself.

You see, I grew up watching my Dad, who never, or rarely, did nothing. It’s been engrained in my head, through watching his example, that we’re supposed to accomplish things with our time.

For some, you might be thinking that re-runs of The Andy Griffith Show fit that definition… Me? I’m not sure although rest and relaxation is important.

(Some people see the importance of that more than others…) 🙂

Speaking of my Dad, Jesus called him home last year, almost a year ago… it’s been hard, but I live with the memory of the gracious, loving, and hard-working man that he was. (What I’d give to watch him do anything, something, or nothing again. XOXO.)

Today’s Tiny Words. Big Life. Bible verse comes from the OG book of wisdom. It basically paints a picture of two options, and only two, when it comes to how you use your time.

Diligent hands or lazy hands.

Can there be a third option? Can we have one in the middle that’s sorta diligent and sorta lazy?

I’ll let you be the judge of that, but I’ve probably made the point that working at something is better than sitting around doing nothing – especially when those things are noble.

When you use the word noble, it kicks the thing you’re talking about up a notch. We’re no longer talking about sorting through your recipe book or mowing the grass, we’re talking about things that impact others and society as a whole. Things like serving at your church, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or offering words of encouragement to someone that needs it.

While it is noble to even consider doing these things, it’s infinitely more noble to actually do them.

Today’s Tiny Words. Big Life. takeaway is this: Pray to be inspired and motivated to do noble things. Give thanks to God that you’re able to do them and ask His blessings on your efforts. Be an example to others that doing noble is indeed being noble.

And whether or not you end up thinking and doing noble things, does not mean you can’t live a spiritually noble life – which is found in following Jesus and being obedient to His word.

For me, I was blessed to see my earthly Father do all three. And for that, I can only say, “Thank you, Jesus.”

Proverbs 12:24

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.