“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
Proverbs 14:23 NIV
Well… it’s that time of year again!
I’m looking for something new!
I have this pattern of just wanting to have something about me stand out… Sometimes it’s my nails… sometimes it’s my jewelry… sometimes it’s my hair and other times it’s my clothes… Basically, at any given time, I change something about myself and enjoy doing so!
You can call me a narcissist… I don’t care…
So anyway… while in the mist of trying to figure out what it is that I want for myself… I decided that it would be red hair. But if you know me, you know that I didn’t want just any old red hair… I wanted the sharp, bright fire engine red hair… I was going for the look that is often achieved by pop artists Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and/or K. Michelle. The only problem was… I didn’t know how to do it!
Not wanting to invest in the time, or money for professional services, I decided to dye my hair myself (despite my ignorance in doing so). In dying my hair, I first bought an over-the-counter hair dye.
It didn’t work… but it did leave my hair in four to five different shades of red… none of them the desired hue in which I sought.
So what did I do?
I bought another kit and did the same thing! (Sometimes when things don’t work for us, it’s a clue that it’s not the correct choice. When we don’t listen, we make the same poor choices over and over again).
When it became apparent to me that my attempts at “half-stepping” were not going to work, I decided to up my efforts by buying hair bleach to add to the red dye. However, once the bleach reached my hair dying station, I became too devastated to use it!
The outcome of my fear and shortcomings!?!?
A subtle auburn hue that pales in comparison to the bright, fire engine red in which I was seeking.
This story represents the way in which we as people often set goals for ourselves, but are not willing to do the necessary work to achieve them. As the proverb listed above indicates, hard work achieves goals. We often try to put in minimal effort but we want big rewards. The scripture confirms, that is not the way life works. We have to be willing to put in the work, to enjoy our rewards. Next time you set out to achieve your hearts desires, ask yourself if you are really putting in all you have to achieve your goals. If you’re not, then you need to figure out where you fall short, why you fall short, and what you can do to prevent yourself from doing so. Then, with all your might, achieve your goals and live the life in which you deserve.
Blessings on your Sacred Journey!