Sometime back I found a book that struck my curiosity and it's title was "A Jane Austen Devotional". Now some of you know that Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors so when I saw this book I wanted to find out what it was all about. This book takes some of the virtues that were valued in the Regency Era and applies them to people today. I don't like the fact that the book uses other translations of the Bible besides the KJV but the passage I read the other day on the virtue of Steadiness is wrote sharing. It has some good thoughts and it made me think of myself as well as some others I know.
I thought I would go ahead and share it here and also the right verses.
The Virtue of Steadiness
Harriet was soon back again, and the proposal almost immediately made; and she had no scruples which could stand many minutes against the earnest pressing of both the others. Emma wished to go to work directly, and therefore produced the portfolio containing her various attempts at portraits, for not one of them had ever been finished, that they might decide together on the best size for Harriet. Her many beginnings were displayed. Miniatures, half-lengths, whole-lengths, pencil, crayon, and water- colours had all been tried in turn. She had always wanted to do everything, and had made more progress both in drawing and music than many might have done with so little labour as she would ever submit to. She played and sang,-- and drew in almost every style; but steadiness had always been wanting; and in nothing had she approached the degree of excellence which she would have been glad to command, and ought not to have failed of. She was not much decieved as to her own skill either as an artist or a musician, but she was not unwilling to have others decieved, or sorry to know her reputation for accomplishment often higher than it deserved.--Emma By: Jane Austen
A Certain virtue is lacking in Emma Woodhouse, and its absence is quite apparent in this charming scene. Emma's failure to ever completely finish a project-- be it a water-color painting, a reading list, or an advanced musical composition-- is on display here, where she shows Harriet and Mr. Elton her portfolio of half- finished paintings.
Jane Austen describes Emma as lacking the virtue of steadiness; modern readers might recognize her behavior as lacking in diligence. It is, simply put, an inability to stick to something until the job is done.
Perhaps you too struggle with the same issue as Emma. Is it any wonder? In an age of rapid-access information, expanding technology, and sound-bite news clips, we are pulled in a hundred different directions.
This is by no means a criticism of the wonderful advances in communication ushered in by social media and networking. But as with Emma, the danger lies in the ever-present possibility of distraction, in doing every job half way, in looking for entertainment to rescue us from the task of hand.
It is important for women today as in Jane Austen's day to develope discipline and steadiness in character. Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Keep thy heart with all dilligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Make no mistake: the choices that govern your time have direct bearing on the way you lead your life.
Do you check e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter daily (perhaps even hourly?) Are more beneficial disciplines-- like time in prayer, time with your spouse or children, time spent serving and blessing others-- being disrupted or even put on the back burner? Perhaps it is time to examine what activities and interests you let dominate you waking minutes and hours. Pray about how to best spend your time...........and then choose wisely.
"Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have." -2 Corinthians 8:11