Insight: A handful of people, a small minority with the right connections, get placed at the top. For those of us who have no connections, merit must get us to the top, and we must do our homework in order to get to where we want to be. The journey is not separate from the destination.
The book of Proverbs is rich with urgings on working ethically, setting goals and reaping profitable results. It cautions against shortcuts. The analogy to the tiny, industrious ant is inspiring, for we are tiny and often appear insignificant in this overwhelming world. Laziness causes a person to neglect work, to fail to tap into the window of opportunity by fair means, and laziness is a sin.
Although we have our ideas and make our plans, we must be open to the will and purpose of God. “Thy will be done” is more than a repetition of a well-known prayer. It is recognition that God will ultimately accomplish His sovereign desires in us. The unexpected may happen. And that must be considered when we set goals. But if we are walking in His ways, He will cause us to desire His will. His thoughts becomes our thoughts, and His desires, ours. Then we can be sure that the dreams we dream are His.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
(An excerpt from Move That Dream in 10 1/2 Sketches: Insights on Being Successful Right Where You Are)