How can we win the good race without embracing diligence? Diligence is the driver for succeeding in acquiring all other virtues through practice, so that the desired virtues in question can become habits. Through the perseverance of faith Saint Paul tells us: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearance” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Saint Paul, by embracing diligence, kept the end goal always in mind – that being entry into Heaven. His words are guiding us to do the same. We can’t be slothful (lazy) about completing our tasks, and we can’t allow ourselves to get overwhelmed due to lack of organization. By embracing diligence, we are able to persevere in faith. We are able to run and complete a good race.
If you want to get to Heaven, then embracing diligence in all that you do for the glory of God is an important tool. It’s that simple. Without the diligence to pray, to seek the good in all that you do; without persevering in your faith, especially during the dark times, without acquiring virtue, we stand very little chance of making the claim that Saint Paul makes in 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Therefore, I am embracing diligence. I want to run a good race.
What does embracing diligence mean to you in your everyday lives? What could you be doing better? What should you persevere at that you are currently not attending to? How could you be running a better race? Give that some thought, then consider what changes need to be made in your life.
How does one practice diligence? We’ll discuss the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of diligence. Don’t miss it!