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Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

The only chance you have of winning is reaching the finish line. You must then make it a habit of finishing what you started. The story was told by Napoleon Hill that R. U. Darby and his Uncle went on a gold mining expedition. After some initial success, they were able to borrow the money needed to acquire the machinery to mine the gold. The going was good initially as they were able to recover a couple of car loads of gold that enabled them to pay back their debts. The next objective was to make super profits. However, the vein of gold disappeared shortly thereafter and their further drilling attempts proved unsuccessful. In response R.U. Darby and his uncle decided to quit and sold the machinery to a junk man and went back home. The junk man called in an expert engineer to assess the mine; based on his assessment the additional gold was 3 feet away from where Darby and his uncle stopped drilling.  They had simply hit a fault line. The junk man mined the field and made a killing that would have been that of R.U. Darby and his uncle had they finished what they started. 

The action of Darby and his uncle was what Proverbs 12:27 describes. It is like doing all the hard work of hunting and killing the animal but letting someone else come and eat the meat. It requires persistence and diligence to avoid that happening.To avoid the experience of R.U. Darby and uncle to not happen to you, make it a habit to finish what you started. When you find yourself stuck like Darby and his uncle, rather than giving up it would be a good idea to do as the junk did and elicit expert counsel. 

Life Application: Seek wise counsel and with diligence seek out new strategies to go around the existing obstacles you are faced with.

Prayer: Dear Lord, it is so easy to give up when things seem impossible to accomplish, but help me to persevere. Help me to finish what I have started even when what I am seeing seems like it is over. I commit my ways and this day to you and every situation I am facing. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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