Diligence allows us to put forth our best effort with excitement and passion to complete our work and calling from the Lord. Diligence is practical obedience in action, which displays our love for God and His calling for us, so that we are doing our best work for His glory. Diligence also helps facilitate our ability to develop a good attitude as well as confidence, patience, forgiveness, values, loyalty, and integrity, and to be in a place to build and develop a positive disposition toward those with whom we work (Proverbs 10:4; Ecclesiastes 10:10; Luke 16:10–12; Romans 12:11; Colossians 3:23).
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate character, scholarship, and leadership in becoming a world changer through application of course content to personal life and professional social work practice.
- Video: What Does the Bible Say about Hard Work?
Carelessness, neglect, and laziness are opposites of diligence. When we stay in a rut or in a bad situation with continual weariness and fatigue, we will lose our primary focus, be ineffective, become a stumbling block to others, burn out, or go into a depression. We will miss out on other options and opportunities, start to disintegrate into a person with a bad attitude, and even become ill! Physical and emotional fatigue have a bad attitude at their root, which can turn into spiritual fatigue. Thus, frustration, stress, worry, anger, guilt, indecision, unrealistic expectations, resentment, and many other negative emotions will accumulate and then weigh on us to bring us down in our personal relationships, relationships with family, and relationship with God. Therefore, we will not be able to function as He called us, nor will we be able to worship Him effectively.
Here are positive examples from Scripture:
- Proverbs 6:6–11 and 31:10–31; Ruth 2:1–13; Mark 13:32–36; Acts 9:36–39
Here are negative examples from Scripture:
- Proverbs 24:30–34 and 26:13–16; Matthew 25:1–13; Mark 14:32–42
- Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
- Watch the video “What Does the Bible Say about Hard Work?” at https://youtu.be/SNWEeq4ikgM.
- Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following discussion prompts:
- What happens to our relationships with God and others when we refuse to work our best and/or complain about what we do?
- In what situations do you seem to be more diligent?
- In what situation did you fail to be diligent when you should have been?
- What issue in your life would improve with more diligence?
- How can you be more diligent to be better at school, your job, and at church?
- Think through, and share, the steps you need to take to put diligence into action in a specific instance, such as allowing yourself to be accountable to someone to help keep you on track and motivate you to be more responsible.
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