Lesson 39

Laziness is a cancerous disease. I’m talking about using Saturday morning to sleep till 7:00 instead of your weekday 4:30 wake up. I’m talking about laying in bed all day Saturday because the time clock is not waiting just because you can. I’m talking about never leaving the couch because your favorite show is on (though it is a rerun that you’ve seen 100 times already). I’m talking about continually pulling a Scarlett O’Hara and putting it off till tomorrow.

How long will you continue doing that?

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest-

and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man.
(Proverbs 6:9-11 NIV)

When you spend your time being lazy (could be sleeping, watching TV, only working on your hobby) instead of being wise and getting necessary jobs done, you are in danger of getting caught with your pants down. You could become penniless. You could be caught without a way out of a circumstance. You could be easily robbed. You could have health issues that could have been prevented. Did you think of some of these?

So what will an extra nap, or two or three, throughout your day hurt? Well, that all depends. Did you get groceries that were more than needed to fill the empty fridge? No, well the store closed an hour ago.

Did that nap prevent you from paying your bill that was due today? The banks just closed.

Did that distraction prevent you from brushing your teeth again? The dentist will be happy to see you and help you spend your money.

Did that TV show and the next one after that prevent you from going into work today? No worry, foreclosure and bankruptcy might not be so bad you know.

In no way are you being told to be a workaholic like some people interpret this to mean. It’s not saying not to take a nap or watch your show. It is saying to make sure the necessary things in life are done before you give into the pleasure things. It can be hard. We are taught in society today to make time for yourself, don’t give up on your personal pleasures, and so on. Now, I’m all for making time for yourself because we need that mentally. BUT, did it come at sacrificing something that had a deadline or affected others negatively? If so, then it was the wrong time for it.

Most everyone is guilty of this to some degree. I’ve met many who really give these verses new meaning or should have their pictures next to these verses. I’ve known the ones who couldn’t sit still and worked and worked. They have health problems, too, and push relationships away. Priorities need to be set and upheld. They are very important for you on all levels.

Kick laziness (not vacation or quiet time) out of your life. Make sure you uphold your responsibilities and then enjoy that 7th day each week.