A month ago, I had a very long list of things to accomplish this summer. Two bathrooms to paint and redecorate; yard work to complete; driveway and sidewalk to be pressure washed; create a walking path in the backyard; publish a book; tweak plans for upcoming retreats; establish a small business for my ministry; and do a few more things outside. I am very happy to say that of that list of 8 things, I have accomplished half of them, and summer is not yet over.
My hopes were high as school came to a close in May. I tend to struggle with laziness, especially when I have had cumulative rest deprivation, as the end of a school year can bring. I decided early on, though, that laziness was not going to win this year. I made a list and each week has been laid out with purpose. On Sunday night, I know the plan for the week. It has made all the difference in the world.
Through diligence, hard work, and leaving procrastination behind, we can accomplish much. Proverbs 21:5 says, "Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty." Prosperity and poverty don't always come to us in the form of cash. I feel very prosperous this summer as I look back at all that has been accomplished. Poverty used to be my friend during the summer - but not this year!
Who is your friend this summer?