One who is slack in work is close kin to a vandal. --Proverbs 18:9
There are times when laziness seems so much more attractive than being a highly motivated ‘producer.’ Perhaps it is because we experience so many demands in everyday life. Perhaps it is because the stresses of the 21st century deaden the desire to be all that we can be. Perhaps it is because we simply are weary of trying to continually measure up to someone else’s standards. Or, perhaps it is because our work feels unworthy or meaningless. Laziness can be a temporary method for coping with the rigors of life and after a time we ‘come to ourselves’. We are ready to respond again to the creative seed that lies within and is thirsty for the liquid that will assure it’s growth. It can also become a more permanent state of our soul.
While it may seem harsh to align laziness with a vandal, laziness can slowly become a hazard when it begins to overgrow our soul like a nasty, uncontrollable, unstoppable weed. Our integrity is compromised and we become vandals to our own selves – to the beauty and potentiality of our own selves. Just as a polyester fiberfill pillow held too long over someone’s face takes away their breath until they lie lifeless and still, so laziness can smother our creativity until our contribution to life is left cold and unmoving. Blow the warmth of work over your soul and watch the evil of laziness shrivel under its heat.
O God, let ribbons of excitement and hope be wrapped around my soul giving me the desire to participate in the unfolding of life.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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