4 "Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son."
I read this chapter with some friends yesterday and we each shared which part of Chapter 10 grabbed our attention. These 2 verses were what stood out to me as I thougth about our YL budget this year and how large it is. ($450,000). Raising that money is like a large project (like gathering crops at the harvest) and requires diligence. I think our current culture sometimes makes diligence extra hard because there are so many distractions, mainly the internet. It becomes difficult to bear down on a large task day after day when you're inundated with a couple hundred emails, checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all your text messages, not to mention phone calls and actual people who want to meet or chat on the phone.
While the author of Proverbs had no way of forseeing all of this stuff, certainly God knew it was on the horizon, so maybe these verses are even more relevant for us than they were 2800 years ago.
So my new theme for the year..... diligence. Gather the crops in the summer!