“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” – Proverbs 12:11
This proverb is about stewardship, focus, gratefulness, and wisdom. My thoughts…
Many times we tend to play the comparison game with people around us. We try to keep up, so we get into unhealthy habits like being ungrateful for what we’ve been given, or spending in ways that aren’t wise.
For me, I feel convicted about the things I spend my working life pursuing. I have lots of ideas, maybe even lots of great ideas, but they’re not great for us. If I pursue “good” ideas and sacrifice God’s ideas, I’m pursuing the wrong things. God has placed his call on us in a specific way for this season: to point couples to Him and help them build lifelong marriages based on Christ. If I don’t focus on “working our land”, I can get caught up in “worthless pursuits”, or rather, pursuits that are worthless in comparison to what God has called us to do.
Finally, this proverb reminds us not to spend our time in the “far off” lands of Facebook, Instagram, or whatever other phone-vortex tries to steal our focus and time. Our land includes our marriage, our family, and our quality time together. We’re learning to put our phones away and just be present together.