Do Not Be Lazy
By Shane Patterson
“The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.” Proverbs 21:25
Most of the instructions on how to become wealthy are written in the Bible, so why are most readers not financially free? A saying that I like states:
“If you wish to be wealthy, study wealth. If you wish to be happy, study happiness.”
Wealth and happiness are 2 different things; since I’m mostly happy, I decided to study wealth.
I have read and listened to several books as I tried to get a better understanding of how to become wealthy.
Some of the books are:
- The Richest Man In Babylon — George S. Clason
- Think and Grow Rich — Napoleon Hill
- The Science of Getting Rich — Wallace Wattles
I have also listened to several speakers:
- Zig Ziglar
- Jim Rohn
- Les Brown
- Tony Robbins
As I analyzed all that I have read and listened, it is clear that the Bible is one of the main sources of inspiration. Most knowledge on how to become wealthy and live your best life can be found in the Bible. Its verses have been remixed and reproduced by many men, who passed it on as if it was their own wisdom. The Bible is hard to understand at first glance. But if you study it, you will be surprise how clear it will become.
Be Ye Doers Of The Word
The “secret” to success is widely known, but seldom practiced. I have been reading the Bible for more than 25 years, and I have yet to put into practice all the instructions on how to live the abundant life. Although, I would love to be perfect, my goal is to be consistent. Creating habits that will carve the philosophy of the way in which I live my life. Most people already know what it takes to be successful; the issue is that only a few are committed to making it a way of life. We don’t have to be perfect, but we have to be consistent if we wish to make progress.
You Heard It All Before
Here are a few instructions from the Bible on how to become successful. This is nothing new, but hopefully seeing these one more time will make the difference for someone as it did for me:
- Create a vision for your life
- Write out your vision (do not keep it in your head)
- Change your thoughts to be conducive to achieving your vision
- Believe that you can achieve your vision
- Be thankful for your vision
- Study (you reap what you sow)
- Get a general sense of what your vision will cost you
- Work to the best of your ability
- Ask for what you want
- Protect your vision against naysayers
- Help others along the way
The list above has only a few of the many success tips found in the Bible. Its instructions are not only spiritual, they are also practical, and produce results for all who dare to give them a try.
I have not mastered any of the principles, but everyday I strive to continue learning. Life is short, so let us live our best lives. We are all worth it.