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,

Just Because

I’m lying on my bed, listening to the rain and reflecting on my day.  Well, I won’t be doing that by the time you read this, but that’s what I’m doing at this moment.  🙂

How are you?  I mean really….  How are you?  I feel that when you read that, at least one of you had something specific enter your mind.  If you’re up to it, I’d love for you to share.  Leave me a comment.  If you’re reading this through your email, click on the title to this post.  It will take you over to my blog home.  Then, just beneath the date (located to the left of the post title) is a link for comments.  Click on it and type away.  (If you’re reading this directly from the site, then you’re already halfway there.)  If you have a prayer request, leave me that, too, ok?  Ok!  🙂

I entered this day in excruciating pain and found myself post up outside an urgent care center before the sun took its place in the sky.  Yes, as soon as they unlocked the doors and flipped the “closed” sign to “open”, I was at the counter, signing in!  LOL… Your sister was in pain!!

On the drive over to the center, my thoughts drifted (as they often seem to do on these occasions) to “why”.  You know the routine.  Something bad or challenging is happening in your life, and the first thing you do is, what I like to call, reach for the “Why cry”.  Why is this happening to me?  Why is this happening to me NOW?  Girlfriends, I reached for the “why cry” this morning! LOL..  In mid-whine, I heard calmly, sweetly, and matter-of-factly in my ear, “Because”.

HUH??

“Because.”

Now that’s an interesting concept, isn’t it?  Maybe the Lord allowed my pain, my unwelcome deviation to my schedule, and my unwanted deviation to my BUDGET all just because.

So, thanks to the lesson I learned from the crazy Saturday I told you about last week (if you missed it, you can click here to check it out), I knew just how to re-group, even in the midst of my pain.  I began to think on these things:

1.  Thanks to a back sprain over the summer, a visit to an urgent care center in a totally different state, and a trip to the hair salon a couple of weeks ago, I knew just where to go, this morning, to find an urgent care center in my neighborhood.  Trust me, these components are truly all related, and they made my morning SO much easier than it otherwise may have been.

2.  Knowing exactly where to go this morning (in the midst of great pain, remember) reminded me, again, that God has planned ALL of my days.  He’s not surprised by anything that comes my way.  IF I pay attention, I will be able to follow in the footsteps He’s already ordered for me – whether it’s a good day or a challenging one.  I get so full just thinking about this beautiful truth.

3.  Although I wasn’t expecting to spend a few hundred bucks on a shoulder sprain this week (or any other week, for that matter AND what’s up with all of the muscle sprains, anyway!!! LOL…), I had the money.  PRAISE THE LORD, I had the money!  That’s not the story for some, and it wasn’t the story for me a short while ago.  However, even during that season, the Lord always provided.  The Lord WILL ALWAYS provide!  It’s His word and His part of His essence.

Today, these three tiny little things translated into three tiny little words from my heavenly Father to me.

“I Love You!”

My sweet sisters, let me tell you this.  Hearing “I love you” made hearing “because” just a little bit more bearable.  So the next time you hear “because”, stop, look and listen closely.  “I love you” will be right there in the mix, and I promise it will get you through the day and even through the pain. 🙂

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,

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