Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 6

You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed?
  Proverbs 6:6-9 (TM)

I’ve been working from a home office for almost 15 years. It requires a bit of self-discipline. There is no one looking over your shoulder. You have to make yourself do the work, even when there are a million distractions. My job also has an ebb and flow to the workload. There are seasons when it seems I work around the clock, and a few precious others when I can relax and enjoy a little breather.

I’ve learned through the years that not everyone can manage working like this. I’ve witnessed some who take advantage of the freedom the job offers. They take off all sorts of time, but then when things get busy and there are deadlines looming they still want to only work 40 hours or less a week. Clients, employer, and co-workers suffer as a result.

Another piece of advice David had for his son, Solomon…"Be strong and courageous, and do the work. (I Chronicles 28:20)

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 6”

  1. Well said, Tom. I have worked from a home office for 8 years. I have to admit that I have struggled at times with my own productivity. Is it OK that this is a slower time at work? Am I cheating my company?
    I also enjoyed Solomon’s frankness regarding the temptation of adultery. As a healthy human male, who among us hasn’t been tempted? Yet the pictures of fires in your lap and walking on hot coals makes one wonder why we males flirt with disaster sometimes. “Adultery is a brainless act”, Solomon says, “self-destroying, self-destructive.” Play with fire and you WILL get burned.

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