7 Deadly Sins: Sloth
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
~ Denis Waitley,
Motivational Speaker and Author
Like everyone else, I like a lazy Saturday or Sunday. However, in my line of work, lazy weekends are rare commodities. Yet, there are people in this world who also enjoy lazy Monday-Fridays. I’ve hired a few in my day, and I find it fascinating that a person can look extremely busy while doing absolutely nothing—it’s almost an art form!
The fact is, God wants us to be productive and busy. Romans 12:11 says, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” Psalms 138:8 says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
If you need more convincing (although God’s word should be persuasive enough), here are a few of my own arguments against laziness:
Laziness begets Laziness: Newton’s law says an object at rest tends to remain at rest unless acted on by an external force. The same could be said of a lazy person. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to pull yourself out of a rut? Or how hard it is to get going when you’re tired or lethargic? It takes more energy to go from lazy to hardworking than to go from active and productive to lazy.
Work Keeps You Relevant: To be an employee, an entrepreneur, or a boss in today’s world, you often must learn much more than what your title suggests. Working allows you to explore new terrain and expand your abilities. It also productively and purposefully puts you in the mindset for creativity and opportunity.
Overall, successful people are known for their work, not their ability to relax. And like I said before, God doesn’t just encourage a good work ethic; he commands it as stated in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
A SLUGGARD’S APPETITE IS NEVER FILLED, BUT THE DESIRES OF THE DILIGENT ARE FULLY SATISFIED.