Work with Diligence (Small Change #18)

This is the last small change from Elizabeth George's book Small Changes For A Better Life: Daily Steps to Living God's Plan.

Diligence is another powerful word similar to discipline. According to Dictionary.com, diligence is the constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.

Finishing this small change series took a lot of time and diligence. I would not have finished this if it were not for my determination and perseverance.

Did you know that diligence affects every area of our lives?

What motivates us to be diligent?

By being aware that life is short

Let me just share with you what motivated to finally hang the frames here in our house. It is the idea that our time here in Bangkok may be short. God may want to move us again. I want to enjoy our stay here to the fullest by accomplishing as many things as I could. And I start off with hanging the frames in our home.

By knowing God's plan and purpose in our lives

It is amazing when you have an idea of what God wants to happen in your lives. We just had a prophetic session in church this afternoon and it motivated me to be the best I could be starting with being the supportive wife for my husband and a mother raising a leader and worshiper. And there's so much more in the horizon for the three of us. Keep in mind that faithfulness and obedience will bring you blessings you would never have imagined.

Stewardship

This life is a gift from God. What do you do with God's gift? Take care of it and use it for God's purpose.

For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT)

Awareness of the time of the day

Time management is the key. Keeping a to-do/task list will keep us productive. Planning one's day in the morning helps us accomplish more during the day.

Writing and reflecting on these small changes has helped me put God first in my daily life. It touched on every role I have - wife, mother, homemaker, daughter, sister, friend and so much more. It prepared me to do more and reach out to more people.

This has been a learning experience for me, and I hope for you, too. I would love to hear what you learned from this series.

To read about the first 17 small changes, click here.

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