«Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread» (Proverbs 20:13).
Jorge Luis was raised in a low-income family, lacking all kinds of things. In spite of it all, his mother managed to provide for each of her children. From a very young age, he wanted to become a minister of God. So when it was time to go to college, he had a very clear goal: he would go study at the Adventist Seminary. However, there was one serious problem: he didn’t have enough money. So he registered in the student canvassing program to earn a scholarship to study at Montemorelos University (Mexico). Jorge Luis surprised several of his teammates with his high sales from the very beginning.
I remember when that young man entered my room in the college dorm. From that day on he would be my roommate. Every Sunday he went out to canvass in the city of Monterrey; there was no rest for him. He couldn’t give himself the luxury of wasting time. I’ll never forget one December break when the hard-working young man went to canvass in Baja California Sur, in the northeast of the country. He was so successful that he returned with enough money to continue with his studies, buy clothes and a car! That was all thanks to working hard, waking up early, praying fervently and going out every morning willing to overcome the various obstacles that came up. As if that weren’t enough, the boy’s heart was so big that he set aside part of his income to pay for his siblings’ studies. Jorge Luis finished his studies, graduated with a Theology Major and fulfilled his dream of becoming a Christian minister.
In spite of having been born in an unfavorable environment, Jorge Luis wasn’t willing to doom himself to failure. What was his secret? Hard work. Of course he went through hard times, but he never lacked money.
More than once I’ve met young people who make all kinds of excuses for not fulfilling their dreams: supposed financial, physical, social, emotional or spiritual disadvantages. But nobody has any reason to doom themselves to failure. That’s a personal choice. The Bible promise still applies today, «Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.»
Ask the Lord today to help you have a good attitude toward work and make an effort in everything you do.