August 5

I like this verse of scripture because it reminds me daily – There is no excuse, but to work hard, the rest is worthless…

Proverbs 14:23 “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

Or maybe it is easier to understand in the NIV version of this verse: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

All talk, and no action, gets us absolutely nowhere. To change a phrase from a well-known saying – We should put our ‘actions’ where our mouth is. I am almost sure this verse of scripture could have spawned the phrase – “Actions speak louder than words”. Not just simple actions – but hard work. Nothing of value in life is easy, except doing nothing! It seems to me in today’s world both Christians and non-Christians alike would like to talk everything up, but they are in no way wanting to put forth any effort.