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The Value of a Little at a Time

Written By: Dan Stanley  |  Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2011

                A proverb, someone said, is the wisdom of many, but the wit of one. How true that is.  We often hear a proverbial saying, and immediately we get it.  We had the wisdom, but lacked the wit.  Here is one.  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."   In other words, fix the leak with a shingle or replace the whole roof with a carpenter. Here is another one.  "It takes one to know one."  We tell someone they are unkempt in their home.  Yet there is a good possibility we have the same lack of order in some area in our life.  How about "practice makes perfect?"  There is no explanation needed here is there?!  Or "practice what you preach."  No explanation needed here either!  I like this one.  It has been around for a long time, although I don't hear it much anymore.  "Don't cry over spilt milk."  That one has helped me forget so many things that really didn't matter or it was simply too late.  It was done and gone, as we would say.

                You have your own that help you.  No doubt some came from your father or mother.  How memorable and useful they are!   Here is one that came my way many years ago.  I do not remember its source.  But has it ever been in mind and how often I have quoted it for myself and others.  It goes like this.  "A half an hour a day for five years will make you a master at anything."  Do you get this one?  Probably.  What it is saying is that the path to succeeding in accomplishing most things will be doing a little on a regular basis for a lengthy period of time.  Here is an example.  Saving money.  Many of you, especially if older, understand this very well. You put aside a small amount of money that could not be touched.  You did it regularly (out of every pay check) and did it for a long time.  How well it worked. How many tried to do it all at once or lacked consistency.  They failed. It did not work.  Apply this to learning an instrument.  Every day for five years, and for a lifetime that instrument will bring blessing and joy and comfort to one who learned it.  Apply this to any craft, skill, or activity, and it will work.  The Bible states it this way.  "A faithful man shall abound in blessings."  In other words, a little on a regular basis over a long period of time will bring success.  It will make us a master at anything.  What do you want to learn or accomplish?  Reading a long book?  I know of a mother of several children who wanted to read through Matthew Henry's Commentary on the whole Bible.  It is approximately 6,000 pages long.  She read a little per day and completed the set in about five years, give or take a year or two!  Do you want to learn how to fix engines?  Then read a little each day and apply it on a regular basis and you will eventually master it.  It is a wonderful principle that works in virtually any area of our lives.

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