The principle of plain ole’ hard work is timeless. If you work hard before you can see the results, the results are sure to be beautiful. I was struck this morning by this proverb that speaks straight to this:

Proverbs 27:25-27 – After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field. And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family and your servant girls.

This proverb teaches us that this farmer had to diligently work to attain provision. Because of this, his family was taken care of for another season. His hard work was rewarded. If he would have sat back and waited for provision to come, he would have been left with no wool for clothing, no money from his goats and no milk for his family.

What you put your hands to today will produce something in the future. Good or bad. Complete or partial. Reaching the potential or falling short. And one of the key ingredients is the simple, timeless principle of hard work.

Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and put in the intentional work it will take to see your future produce something beautiful. In life. In your family. In your relationship with God. In your job. In friendships. In chasing your dreams.

Work hard. Do your part. Then release the rest to God. And then watch as he faithfully blesses the diligence of hard work in your life.