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Cut It Out

Proverbs: 13:4
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Immediately I'm reminded of the words of John, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, even as your soul prospers" (3 John 2). There is something really important about keeping my mental and emotional life balanced and healthy. It has real benefits. But I was struck by this word "diligent." How does being diligent contribute to my well being? In other places it is translated "sharp," describing the condition of a knife. I began to think about the stuff that needs to be cut out of my life. That is one of the reasons for my current fast - to "starve" some stuff out of my life; to cut it off and cut it out.

I wonder if the difference between the "diligent" and the "lazy" is the attention given to what needs to be "circumsized" from one's life. I know that while I have been very hard working in so many areas in my life, it began to feel like I didn't have the energy to deal with some of the areas God was bringing to my attention in my spiritual life. But even today, in this moment, the "sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God" is cutting away things that would keep me sluggish and lethargic.

If my soul if going to prosper, than I must be diligent to give it the attention God asks for - to cut off and cut out the things that hinder my health and growth. If not, I could get to the point of feeling so overwhelmed I would feel unable to ever change - living my life in a fantasy of what I wish I could be but having nothing.

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