Diligence: Not Shortcuts

A recent post, Anticipation: Waiting is Worth It looked at how our culture was so used to immediate gratification that we had lost the idea of working hard for a goal, of waiting for the best. I have been reading Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue by Andreas Köstenberger and this quotation, touches on the same ideas.

Diligence is hard. It is tough. It is far easier to slack off, take an easier road, follow shortcuts, or simply give up. Diligence is particularly difficult in our fast-food, microwave culture. As Americans, we don’t want to have to wait for results or labor and toil for future gain in the absence of immediate gratification. We want the maximum payoff for the smallest possible amount of labor. Modern-day technology, scientific advances, and other modern conveniences often allow us to get by with far less effort than previous generations had to expend, but merely “getting by” will never produce excellence. Excellence requires diligence, perseverance, and plan hard work.

Andreas Köstenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue, Crossway, 2011, p. 87.

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2 Responses to Diligence: Not Shortcuts

  1. Ces says:

    coming from a third world country, I can really see the difference of life here in America and the Philippines. Yes, diligence is probably harder in the American culture because products are made to make our lives easier.

    thanks for visiting my blog. im late but visiting you back from the Alexa hop

    • Janice Hidey says:

      Thanks for checking my blog. I am sure you have an interesting perspective on American culture having come form a third world country. My niece has done a lot of missions work in third world countries and she has much to say about our waste, ease, etc. I grew up on my grandparents’ farm and believe me I learned about working hard young. Once my dad died, it also meant my mom had to work fulltime and I as the oldest had more responsibility around the house. Each of my siblings went to college but we stayed at home and we also had jobs. I am thankfully for those who went before me that taught me about working hard, saving and waiting. Today our culture has gotten soft and want it all right away.

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