Who would have thought that a broom would provide a perfect illustration of diligence? 🙂
I was busy in the kitchen (making potato salad) and Drew was having fun leaning the broom up against the wall and knocking it over with his basketball. Before long, he discovered that the broom doesn’t always like to lean against the wall and would slide down to the floor before he could knock it over.
Well, Drew didn’t like that. So while I was busy cutting up the potatoes, I told him he could keep trying or move on to a different activity. And he chose to keep trying.
For our Bible time that morning we read Proverbs 10:4-5.
He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in the summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
I told Drew that to be diligent means to keep trying even when it doesn’t work the first time and I reminded him of his broom game. He remembered and hopefully a connection was made so that the next time a similar situation comes up, I can remind him of what God says about diligence. 🙂
This post is also linked to The M.O.B. Society.