7/23/15: Get to Work
At my AuthorizeMe Seminar, I teach people how to write the book that’s on their heart and position it to be published. I coach them through the necessary thought process so they can answer the publisher’s questions such as, “What is your book about?” “To whom does its message matter?” and “What are you willing to do to help market it?”
I give the students an assignment that’s due to me in one month. The purpose of this assignment is to encourage them to continue along their path to publication. I want to cheer them on and let them know someone believes in them and is there to help. I request that they send me via e-mail what they have done on their project since the class. After spending the money to take the seminar, working through the 12-hour process, and having 30 days to build on what they’ve learned, it never ceases to amaze me how few people do anything further.
Proverbs 21:25-26 says, “The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work; all day long he is craving, while the righteous gives and does not hold back” (NAS). In other words, even though we long for something very badly, our own longings can destroy us when we refuse to put in the work it takes to get things done. However, we are handling our desires wisely and righteously when we diligently give our time and effort to the work.
God has set goals in your heart for a reason; He intends to see you get those things done. Accomplishing those goals will both honor Him and prosper you. Why are you trippin’? Achievement takes effort and accomplishments are the result of exertion. God works it in; you must work it out (see Philippians 2:12-13). Get to work!
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