A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs tells us that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” and it warns that unless we are diligent, unless we work hard, unless we look after our material well-being, poverty can come upon us like a “thief”; material scarcity can come upon us like an “armed man.”
Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins in the Bible. And it’s not just that lack of effort can lead to material poverty, but to spiritual poverty as well.
As Americans we have been born into a land of opportunity. We should be thankful for that opportunity, and we should wake up every day looking to make the most of it – to better ourselves, our family, our nation.
America, if she is to survive, has to be a nation of doers.
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Today, wake up! Get up! Strive to be ambitious in every area of life so that you will reap the rewards of your labor, both on earth and in heaven.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.