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"How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'." Martin Luther
Laziness - this word carries connotations of shame or pride, depending on who you talk to. For me, it was an issue of shame.
I had to confess my sin of laziness, but it took awhile before I was willing to do so. I didn't want to admit that I was lazy - tired maybe, but lazy, not me! Well, it is something I struggle with, and I know I'm not the only one. If you struggle with laziness, the first thing you need to do is confess this sin to the Lord, and then allow His grace to wash over you as you seek to have a spirit of diligence.
How do we overcome laziness?
This is a tough one! Remember how I said when I first started this series that it was somewhat of an experiment to help get myself together? Well, I'm right smack dab in the middle of this struggle! Here are some words of wisdom I've come across, perhaps they will help you as as you strive in the fight against idleness:
"I don't have any problem when God commands, "Thou shalt not kill" or "Thou shalt not steal," but, "Thou shalt not be lazy" seems a bit harsh. However, after thinking about it, I came to realize that when we're lazy, we are guilty of killing. Killing time. Which is another way of saying killing life. For idling away time is not living; it's lingering...
Remember, we are never lazy when it comes to the things we want to do; so, it is not a matter of a lack of energy, but a lack of motivation. Therefore, to overcome laziness, we need to master motivation. If our reason to act is great enough, we will have the will to act. We need to think. Think of the reasons why we want to act. Think of and focus on the benefits we will gain by acting. Frequently reflecting on the person we can and want to be can help motivate us to act." Chuck Gallozzi
"Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him." Benjamin Franklin
Today, every time you find yourself saying, "I will do that later," I want you to stop and pray, asking God to give you a spirit of diligence. Then, with an obedient heart, go to work. If (and when) you fail, allow His grace to lift you up and begin again. I know you can do it!
"Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as though you were working for your real master and not merely for humans." Colossians 3:23 (God's Word Translation)
Are you a hard worker? Don't you deserve a little time off once in a while? All of us have heard about the vice of "workaholism," but did you know that the reverse is also a dangerous place to be? What could be wrong with being a little lazy? Find out when you join Alistair Begg for Truth For Life. Click here to listen to this message!