We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:11-12
Do you want to see the favor of God blossom in your life? I do, and Hebrews offers great advice on how to achieve that goal through diligence. Remember when God told Abraham he would have a son, even though Sarah was nearly 90 years old? And then was asked to sacrifice the son for whom he had waited? Abraham was faithful and blessed for his devotion. I thought it was hard enough to wait three months for my Nevada state license, let alone 90 years for a child!
This experience made me wonder, how can we can learn from that faithfulness in our attempts to pursue God with diligence?
Set clear goals: Olympic athletes don’t begin with a vague notion of becoming an Olympian. Each step requires them to work for a faster time, or improved technique.
Be patient: When cellist Pablo Casals was 95 a young reporter asked him, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?” Casals answered, “Because I think I’m making progress.”
Be willing to take risks: We’re need to exercise trust despite our limited understanding. It reminds me of the old saying, a turtle makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. LOL
Be persistent: If God’s given you a clearly defined goal and you sincerely believe it to be His will, don’t let doubt defeat you. Keep at it and don’t give up, you may be greatly surprised at the results.
Be flexible: Remember that the process is the greatest learning experience we have. Learn from mistakes and move on.
Basically, we can be more faithful by being the kind of people that honor Him by consistently acting on our faith through actions and love.