“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will work for kings, not unimportant people” Proverbs 22:29 ~(International Standard Version 2012)
Oh really? How many people work for kings in this day and age? Or even Presidents or national leaders? Can you name even one?
If this verse is to be taken literally, the standard of excellence described can be attained only by the most incredible effort. You would have to be so much more than just a “good” worker.
How could this be possible for us today? Hint -there is a clue given in this verse. The clue is in the first half of the verse. Remember Proverbs was written by a father to a son to help inspire and show him how to reach these incredible heights of success. The clue is in the word “see.” To “see” meant that the son was to actively “seek out” a role model in society who had this level of skill and ability and to emulate him.
Now this was all well and good in the small nation of Israel thousands of years ago but how about in modern history? Possible? Please read the following quotation:
“my father having, among his instructions to me when a boy, frequently repeated a proverb of Solomon, “Seest thou a man diligent in his calling? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men,” I from thence considered industry as a means of obtaining wealth and distinction, which encouraged me, tho’ I did not think that I should ever literally stand before kings,which, however, has since happened; for I have stood before five, and even had the honor of sitting down with one, the King of Denmark, to dinner”
Yes, thousands of years later a young man heeded this same advice and his work reached a level of diligence that he found himself literally before kings. The young man of course was Benjamin Franklin.
This Proverb is for us today! Who can you emulate that will guide and inspire you to such great heights? Find a mentor. Find a champion! Use Benjamin Franklin if you like. His autobiography is an amazing book and you will learn some amazing habits of productivity and success.