Essentials for Growth: Faithfulness and Tenacity

One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones,
and then passed the vineyard of a lout;

They were overgrown with weeds,
thick with thistles, all the fences broken down.

I took a long look and pondered what I saw;
the fields preached me a sermon and I listened:

“A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?

Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”

Proverbs 24:30-34 (The Message)

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