Hey! People, it’s yet another bright day. Most folks are busy with official or personal dealings either at work or at home at this moment. Today, A friend of mine Maple Dappa will be sharing some exciting insights into a scriptural based teaching on John Ploughman by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Happy reading. Just a few excerpts
1. Hard work is the grand secret of success. Nothing but rags and poverty can come of idleness. No sweat no sweet. He who would have the crow’s eggs must climb the tree. “Diligence is the mother of good luck” as poor Richard says; but “idleness is the devil’s bolster,” as John Ploughman says.
2. Believe in travelling on step by step; don’t expect to be rich in a jump. “Great greediness to reap, helps not the money heap.” Slow and sure is better than fast and flimsy. Perseverance, by its daily gains, enriches a man far more than fits and starts of fortunate speculation.
3. Little fishes are sweet. Brick by brick houses are built. We should creep before we walk, walk before we run, and run before we ride. Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
4. It is bad beginning business without capital. It is hard marketing with empty pockets. It is true you must bake with the flour you have, but if the sack is empty it might be quite as well not to set up for a baker. Fly when your wings have got feathers. Trading without capital is like building a house without bricks, making a fire without sticks, burning candles without wicks; it leads men into tricks, and lands them in a fix.
5. Don’t give up a small business till you see that a large one will pay you better. Even crumbs are bread. A little trade with profit is better than a great concern at a loss; a small fire that warms you is better than a large fire that burns you. A great deal of water can be got from a small pipe if the bucket is always there to catch it.
6. In a great river great fish are found, but take good heed lest you be drowned.
7. Make as few changes as you can; trees often transplanted bear little fruit. If you have difficulties in one place you will have them in another; if you move because it is damp in the valley, you may find it cold on the hill. Where; will the ass go that he will not have to work? Where can a cow live and not get milked? Where will you find land without stones or meat without bones? Everywhere on earth men must eat bread in the sweat of their faces. To fly from trouble, men must have eagles’ wings.
8. Alteration is not always improvement, as the pigeon said when she got out of the net and into the pie. There is a proper time for changing, and then mind you bestir yourself, for a sitting hen gets no barley. But do not be forever on the shift, for a rolling stone gathers no moss. Stick-to-it is the conqueror.
9. Do not be above your business. He who turns up his nose at his work quarrels with his bread and butter. He is a poor smith who is afraid of his own sparks; there’s some discomfort in all trades except chimney-sweeping. If sailors gave up going to sea because of the wet; if bakers left off baking because it was hot work; if ploughmen would not plough because of the cold; and tailors would not make out clothes for fear of pricking their fingers, what a pass we should come to!
10. There’s no shame about any honest calling; don’t be afraid of soiling your hands, there’s plenty of soap to be had. All trades are good to good traders. A clever man can make money out of dirt.
11. You cannot get honey if you are frightened of bees, nor sow corn if you are afraid of getting mud on your boots.
12. Never try dirty dodges to make money. It will never pay you to lick honey off of thorns. An honest man will not make a dog of himself for the sake of getting a bone.
13. Look most to your spending. No matter what comes in, if more goes out you will always be poor.
14. Fare hard and work hard while you are young, and you have a chance of rest when you are old.
15. Giving is true having, as the old gravestone said of a dead man, “what I spent I had, what I saved I lost, what I gave I have.” John Ploughman wishes all young beginners long life and prosperity. “Sufficient of wealth, and abundant health, long years of content, and when life is spent, a mansion with God in glory”.