“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise”
Laziness or idleness is that attitude of not willing to work or be active, even though one has the strength to work. From inception, God’s plan was for man to work. “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it (Genesis 2:15). A lazy person is an unsuccessful person. His bad habits include failure to plan, fear of failure, giving up easily, always in doubt, and giving excuses all the time. He does not take risks. Generally, people believe that everything that has been achieved was achieved by taking a risk. There is no bigger risk in life than to risk nothing. If we risk nothing, we accomplish nothing, and we amount to nothing and will be nothing.
The formula for success in any life’s undertaking, be it spiritual or physical, is the same, hard work and excellence. Anyone who is lazy for example, in prayer, in reading the word of God, in being in the Lord’s presence will soon become barren and stagnant. You know that an empty bag of rice cannot stand on its own, but when it is filled up, it will stand. Therefore, until you are loaded
spiritually and materially you will not be of any value. Being lazy in spiritual matters, career, job, business etc. may lead to regrets and stagnation.
Remember, “a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep – So shall your poverty come on you like a robber…” (Proverbs 6: 10&11). Make up your mind today to detest and completely avoid laziness. Hard work does not kill. A lazy man is bound to make unwise decisions, even when those who are experts advise him. (Proverbs 26:16). A lazy person cannot stand among the eminent in society.
1. Lord, help me to overcome every bad habit of laziness and idleness.
2. Lord, give us the grace to work for You faithfully in our homes, churches, and workplaces so that we can attract Your blessings.