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Which Are You: Huntress or Chef?

pearl of wisdom proverbs Jun 12, 2019


“The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”



Proverbs 12:27 illuminates a clear principle: the lazy hunter will leave before the feast, entertained but empty. The truly diligent will either rouse her inner chef, or empower one, to complete the full work required to create a sustaining reward. 

For many entrepreneurs, the thrill of the chase and the victory of hitting the mark can seem like enough of an accomplishment. The job of cleaning and preparing the game just seems messy and…well, rather unsavory. But wise women know: You need both a huntress and a chef in order to have a feast. In business this translates to the need for both a visionary and an integrator, or a CEO and a COO.


Entering into the messy work and finishing what you start turns momentary gain into rich reward.


Jesus knew best when He said, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34). Thank God Jesus did not abandon the work when the going got tough – but pushed through to the final feast prepared for the faithful (Check out Matthew 22:1-14 and Luke Luke 14:15-24).



For me, this proverb holds power. I have so many ideas it could be very easy to skip from the thrill of one hunt to the next, always chasing the next big game. I have had to learn to be more attentive to details, to finish well, and to partner with and empower people who enjoy bringing big dreams to life.

Specifically, my work in Haiti has challenged me to commit for the long haul despite setbacks. It is clear to me that God is doing something big in Haiti. I need to be diligent in helping to prepare the feast, so that something sustainable can be created for those in need.

What work is God doing in your life? Are you always the Huntress and never the Chef? Have you been avoiding the hard work that will be required in seeing a feast through to completion? Would it be wise to partner with those who can help bring your big projects to the Kingdom table? Share your thoughts with a reply below.

Many Blessings!





This post is part of a Series exploring wisdom from The Book of Proverbs. Many great leaders have made a habit of reading a chapter of Proverbs a day – convenient since there are 31 chapters in all. Solomon, the book's author, was known as the wisest man in history, whose first and highly rewarded action as Israel's King was to ask God for the wisdom to lead well. 

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