“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Prov. 13:4
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Tell me again how to get skin like yours.” My girlfriend asks me with the wide-eyed innocence of a person who is truly interested. This is about the hundredth time she has asked me this very question.
“I bake in the sun.” I reply in dry monotone as I push my Cub’s hat further down my brow. I look the other way. It is hard for me to pretend that her question doesn’t bother me. It is almost as if she expects the more she asks the same question, the better chances she has of the answer being different. It never is. Good skin does not magically appear–it takes a bit of effort.
When I started modeling, I quickly realized the importance of good skin. I was so passionate about maintaining mine that I decided to go to esthetician school.
It was there that I learned the importance of good nutrition and proper sun protection. Both of these greatly affected the way skin aged. According research, nothing was more powerful in affecting the integrity and health of the skin. Since graduating, I have taken the nuggets of wisdom I learned in school and applied them to my life. Whenever I stop by the grocery store, I make sure to pick up fresh vegetables and the highest SPF sunblock I can find.
In Prov. 13:4 we see that a sluggard is a person who desires much but is unwilling to do the work to get it. In the end, his laziness lands him in the same place where he began—jealous and desiring with nothing to show for it. What do you want? What are you doing to get it?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I don’t want to live life like the sluggard. I have seen many lazy people throughout my life and I know that it leads to nothing in the long run.
I want the best life that I can have. I know that the food of your word is the wisdom I must feed upon everyday. Man cannot live by bread alone. My soul craves for more than just food and physical beauty. It craves wisdom, kindness and love. You are the source of all good things. I know my soul is craving more of you. Just like sunblock protects my skin from the damaging rays of the sun, I know that prayer and faith protect me from the damaging accusations of my enemy. He will use every source he can to harm me.
Help me to remember to continue on the path of wisdom and to keep making good choices even when I see that no one else is bothering to put in the effort. I am worth the effort, and so are you. In Jesus’ precious name, bless our relationship to go even deeper today than it ever has, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan