My Response to Laziness

Hey, I know you good people don’t read blog posts on Saturdays, but I’m trying to keep my end of the bargain with this self-imposed writing challenge I’ve been on. Monday’s the BIG REVEAL day, so don’t miss it.

Today, I’m keeping it simple. I’ve been thinking about this one little word all week as a suitable topic for today’s post. When I talk about laziness, I’m pretty much preaching to myself. I’ll never forget one day running across this blog site called The Lazy Christian. This site is managed by one of my fellow She Speaks conference attendees. I really enjoy checking out her site occasionally, and I promise you the blog title is what drew me there.

Now, I don’t know if she chose her title as a way of acknowledging a nasty human flaw – the propensity to procrastinate or be lazy (like me) – but I felt a little liberated just seeing it.

Confession: Sometimes I truly struggle with laziness and procrastination.

I think what makes me resent this struggle the most is that I just feel like it’s so UNgirly! LOL… I know that probably makes no sense at all to you, but that’s what goes on in my head. 🙂

First step in overcoming, as with anything that plagues us, is to acknowledge the shortcoming. So I went to God’s word for help. It’s my goal to read a chapter in Proverbs each day. I may not always make it, but fact of the matter is there’s no good reason for me to succumb to laziness all the days of my life if I’m reading Proverbs all the time . Besides, I have too darn much work to do. So here are a few verses in Proverbs that I have written down on index cards and carry along with me to read throughout my day:

Proverbs 6:6-8 (NASB): Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which having no chief, officer or ruler prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.

Proverbs 12:4 (NASB): A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.

Proverbs 12:11 (NASB): He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.

Proverbs 12:24 (NASB): The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

Proverbs 14:23 (NASB): In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.

Proverbs 21:25 (NASB): The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work.

Proverbs 22:13: The sluggard says, there is a lion outside, I will be killed in the streets.

If you’re like me and you need a little kick in the rear every now and again to remind you that you have work to do, I hope these verses will help as much as they help me. “There’s a lion outside, I will be killed in the streets.” Come on…REALLY?! 🙂 Sometimes any excuse will do, right? Have a good weekend, everyone!

Completely ME,

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie Brewton
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 09:30:08

    Hey Monica! Just to let you know there ARE people who will read your blog post on a Saturday morning. I’m waiting for my friend to get out of bed and trying to be productive at the same time. Oh, how I resemble the remarks in this post…Thanks for your diligence. Can’t wait to see the BIG REVEAL and to finally see you!

    Reply

    • Monica P. Watkins
      Oct 15, 2011 @ 20:42:52

      My sweet friend Jackie! 🙂 So there ARE a few folks up with me on a Saturday morning, reading blog posts. Thanks for your support, Jackie! Glad you’ll join me on Monday, and I can’t wait to finally, FINALLY see you, too! 🙂

      Reply

  2. keena
    Oct 20, 2011 @ 17:09:23

    great post if only I could take heed…..

    Reply

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