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Welcome to 2020!: A reflection on Diligence

To the HelpGate Team:

It is with much joy and pleasure that I get to write these words to each one of you.

As most entrepreneurs, I started this business on my own many years ago during the 2008-2009 financial recession which was one of the worst financial times that this country has experienced. I'd agree if you think that it was crazy to start a new business during such a difficult time, but I did. I didn't have much but I had a computer, a phone, a chair, two hands to do the work diligently and two knees to pray earnestly!

In spite of a tough financial crisis as an individual and as a part of a country in recession, the long hours started to pay off little by little and eventually, within 2 years. I actually got a lot more work than I could handle which was a great problem to have!

Now, as I have the opportunity to see many families to earn a living I give thanks to God and and rejoice when I see how God has blessed the business. A Bible verse that stuck in my mind during the toughest times was Proverbs 13:4, The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. I saw this come to reality in front of my own eyes. It happened before and will keep happening.

So, as we approach 2020, I encourage you to focus on diligence. That's correct: Diligence. Diligence is defined as careful and persistent work or effort.

Each one of you is at a different capability level. Some have been here for a long time, have expertise and know a lot due to years of experience. Some of you have been here only for a few years, and some of you started recently. No matter the level you are in, don't stop being diligent. Newness is prone to making mistakes but expertise can become complacent. So, don't rest on your laurels, keep growing by remaining diligent. Treat each work day with the passion and expectation of your first day at school, and with the satisfying joy of graduation day!

Again, remain diligent. Be ready to build a legacy and share it with us as you learn more. At HelpGate, we value your work, we value your knowledge and we want you to share your virtues with all of us and we also promote diligent work. Take advantage of this.

I just want to close by saying that the Bible teaches us to work hard and be diligent, however, working without a purpose, or working for the wrong purpose will drive us away from integrity and excellence. So, if you want to succeed at work with meaningful success, keep in mind that the only way to be successful is by keeping God #1 in your work life:

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

So, do not expect true success if you do not depend on God's help. True success at work is only possible with His help. Let God work in you, as you work for Him every day of this year.

Phillipians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

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