Alex worked hard to make his business a success.  He worked weekdays, many weeknights and most weekends.  He was determined to turn a small business into a mighty mega business.

He had always been taught to work hard.  In the end, hard work would pay off and he would be rewarded for his efforts.  His eye never swayed from the goal.  He prayed daily and asked God to prosper his business.

Although Alex was diligent in the amount of time he worked, he cut corners at every opportunity.  He fudged on figures so his books would look good.  He worked his employees very hard without paying them according to their efforts.  After 20 years of trying to make a go of it, Alex finally had to admit defeat and filed for bankruptcy.  Where had he not been faithful?  Why weren’t his plans honored?

(Proverbs 10:4) A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!