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"A little rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit"

By Justin Forman - "Great execution of a good idea will beat poor execution of a great idea any time." 

I can't remember which Fortune 500 CEO said it but I've seen it played too many times. I've come to appreciate that the relentless drive, discipline, and focus found in great execution is more often the difference between success and failure.

But last week when I was reading through Proverbs I was struck that this idea isn't the original idea of a famous business guru. 

It finds its roots deep within scripture. Proverbs 6:10-11 says "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest - and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man."

Why do great leaders work as though they are always playing 4th quarter basketball and the other team is right on their heels? 

I think its because the margin in error in everything we do is so little

As followers of Christ, I think we're called to take this to heart. Its not something we can choose to ignore. The proverb doesn't say "much sleep" or "much rest". It focuses on the slight margin of error not just once, but 3 times!

Haven't we seen this scenario played out in business? One wrong decision, a little coasting can be the difference of a business continuing to thrive or starting its downward slide. 

Its a challenge. But its also a stark reminder that God loves Hard Work and he's glorified when we use our God given passions and skills with excellence. 

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posted by Justin Forman | 3.10.2010 - 5:30 AM


I love how you draw it all together. After all, it's faithfulness in the little things that make us great....

http://www.RedLetterBelievers.com, "Salt and Light"

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