I confess that I just spent the whole last week being a very lazy human being.
We won’t get into the details.
But let’s just say that all of my laziness last week resulted in a wonky sleep schedule, a Friday night and Saturday morning spent fiercely and furiously sewing a dress for family photos on Saturday afternoon, stacks of dishes, and a frustrated attitude. (Poor Ricky. He had to deal with my snippiness. AND the dishes. Bless him.)
Let’s just leave it at that. I know this kind of thing doesn’t happen to anyone else, so I don’t want to overwhelm you with more details.
I seem to go through stages of sometimes being driven by productivity and other times feeling completely unmotivated to do anything. Consistency has never been a strong point of mine. Do you know what the crazy thing about these two attitudes is?
For me, the difference between these two attitudes usually lies in ONE TASK.
One little task.
If I do one thing, doing another thing feels manageable and appealing.
But before I do that one thing, getting started can seem almost impossible.
One little task.
I recently read through the book of Proverbs. Being the sort of person who loves little tidbits of wisdom on how to live well, I enjoy Proverbs a lot. Proverbs is a book of the Bible that happens to frequently address the topic of laziness. I’m going to share a few verses that I’m choosing to focus on this week as I tackle some things that I’ve been avoiding. There are many areas of life that these can be applied to- spiritual growth, physical work, relationships, personal development, etc.
“Whoever is slack in his work, is a brother to him who destroys.”
Laziness is the same as destruction? In a way, it is. This was a sobering thought for me.
“…an idle person will suffer hunger.”
The word hunger here speaks to me of discontent- hunger for success, hunger for the things I value, hunger for a deeper knowledge of and love for God. Idleness leaves you longing and weak.
“The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.”
Laziness- doesn’t work/think ahead, but still feels entitled to a harvest. That sounds painfully familiar to me.
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
A lack of self-discipline leaves you without walls- weak and vulnerable.
“The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labour. All day long, he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.”
I find it interesting that the sluggard craves and craves, but the righteous find their righteousness not in collecting and gaining (satisfying cravings), but in wholeheartedly giving.
Here we go, folks.
A whole new week.
Let’s give and not hold back.
And let’s remember to be joyful and calm and delighted as we go along our way, shall we? We spend far too much time feeling pressured and tense and stressed. (That is a whole new topic, right there…maybe some other time we should talk about that.)
What areas of your life do you battle laziness in? What can we do this week to fight against the temptation to avoid rather than tackle?