Proverbs 14:23 – “In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (NASB)
The meeting seemed to last forever. There was a problem, and it needed to be fixed. As we sat at the meeting and talked and talked, nothing was getting accomplished. Sure we all shared this idea and that; discussed different ways of going about it, but when the meeting ended, the problem still existed. Today's verse states that in all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The meeting could have been about anything that faces us in life. A problem existed, but there was no final solution only to agree to meet again and talk some more. The original problem was still there with no solution taking place. Sometimes in life, we need to make a decision and begin to act on it. Whether it's trying to save financially, dealing with a wayward child, neighborhood poverty, or even ways to share the Gospel, if we continue to merely talk about it, the problem will still exist. Not until we begin to act, to labor, to move in a forward direction, we will find ourselves being speakers and not actors. So let's be men of action, men who are not afraid to put our shoulder to the mill stone and labor for Christ. There is an eternal profit.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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