Pr. 21:5: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”
If you are riding in a car with my kids for any length of time, you will hear them listing off the things they want. “I wish we could go to the park.” “I want to go to McDonald’s.” “I wish God would move our house to that field with all that land so we could have animals.” “I want a lightsaber.” “I wish we could get ice cream.” Seriously, it just goes on and on. The longer the ride, the more wishes that are voiced. They aren’t demanding these things, mind you; just thinking out loud.
They aren’t the only ones. I’m not a big window shopper. If I don’t go to stores, then I’m not aware of what I’m missing. Once I step foot inside a store, I see all kinds of things I didn’t even know I “needed.” HA! I’m sure I could come up with a list of things I want to buy or do right now if I thought enough about it.
Solomon warns that being hasty leads to poverty. How true. If my kids, or I (the one with the check book), just started doing all the things they say they want, we wouldn’t have enough money for the things we need. We can’t go to McDonald’s, Sweet Frog, the beach, etc. every single trip and still have money for electricity, food, or savings. More than that, if we spent all our money on those impulsive ideas they have, we wouldn’t have the money to do the other things that they really like even more. They simply don’t have the brain capacity just yet to understand that some things are worth Not doing so that you can do the things you really want to do.
We have to teach our kids how to be diligent planners. How? Well, we don’t give in to their every whim…or our own. We don’t go out impulsively buying or doing things that catch our eye or our fancy. Before I grocery shop with my kids, I even make a point to pray with them that we will make wise decisions and that God will direct us with wisdom.
It’s really a good reminder for all of us. It’s good to let an idea or an impulse marinate over night once in a while to make sure you have peace about it, or to make sure you actually “need” it. And there is nothing wrong with planning to save up for something or planning to do it another time as a reward. Sometimes that can even be more exciting! We are reminded that the plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty. Sounds like we will have exactly what we need.
Guarding my wallet,