Synonyms: industrious, assidious, sedulous, infatigable, untiring, tireless, unremitting, earnest, studious, eager, conscientious, active, careful, constant, eager beaver,grind, laborious, oculied, pertinacious, steadfast, unflagging, persisting, hard-working
Antonyms: careless, disinterested, idle, ignorant, inactive, inattentive, indifferent, languid, lazy, lethargic, neglectful, negligent, thoughtless, tired, uncareful, unconcerned, unenthusiastic, unscrupulous, weary
I'd encourage you to look up the roots & definitions of the following words. Assidious, sedulous, pertinacious & steadfast at www.dictionary.com
Very enlightening! Then share your thoughts below!
What does it mean (to me) to be diligent?
It means I am focused on the end game, the result, the finish line, the other person, the commitment I made. It means that when things are hard I persevere through it. It means I persist in what I've undertaken. I maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty or obstacles or discouragement (even broken human promises). It means I am fixed on my direction and firm in my actions. It means I am constant in my effort to accomplish what I set out to do. I am attentive, willing to work hard and hold on tenaciously to that purpose.*
**What does that look like in the context of seeking God? In my marriage? In my parenting? In my friendships?**
In the context of seeking God, it means I spend time in His Word, talking to Him, asking Him question and LISTENING to His answers, especially when they might not be what I want to hear or the answer comes in a way I didn't want.
It means I place more value on what God says over my own desires.
It means like a runner heading to the finish line, I stick close to Him whom I am chasing.
It means that no matter how I may try to justify mypersonal choices, God's Word is my guide.
It means I don't twist His words to justify my actions.
It means I take God's Word as a whole, knowing one verse doesn't negate another or that one verse taken from it's context (verses around it & the intended audience) can be warped. So I must do my homework.
It means that regardless of anyone else's interpretation, I will always seek what God is saying and believe His words over those of amy man or woman.
It means I am constant in my efforts to become more like Christ.
And it means I will never "arrive" this side of heaven so I must hold my hands open willing to do the work God needs me to do to change me into Christlikeness.
It means I am careful when listening to other voices (my own included).
It means I am not swayed by what my heart wants.
**questions I am still pondering. Would absolutely love to hear your thoughts!