Speaking of labor, here’s a tidbit of logic that proves true in every realm of life: “Laziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house” (Ecclesiastes 10:18).
Homeowners understand this verse’s relevancy. If we don’t care for our houses, they’ll fall into disrepair, right? But the principle behind this verse applies to other things as well…
- Marriage. Keeping it healthy and vibrant takes effort. Laziness in this relationship leads to a lousy relationship or another statistic in the divorce court.
- Parenting. Be involved in the kids’ lives, volunteer in their schools whenever possible, know who their friends are. Be aware of what they’re watching on TV, the lyrics they’re listening to, and what they’re doing on the internet.
- Health. Laziness in this context leads to sagging body parts! Get off the couch and take a brisk walk or buy (and use!) a gym membership. ‘Nuff said.
- Work. Who’s gonna get axed first when cutbacks come?
- Dreams. We might entertain lofty dreams of what we hope to own or accomplish someday, but those dreams will never be fulfilled if we don’t work towards them.
As summer ends and the season changes, real life begins again. Let’s guard against laziness and idleness, and let’s be diligent about every aspect of our lives. For me, this means returning to regular gym workouts after a summer away due to ministry overseas, being laid up for a week, and spending a week on a houseboat with my family. How about you?
Question for you: Has laziness or idleness crept into your life? If so, how has it impacted you? What changes must you make as a result?
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