Since setting out “on my own” as a so-called writer — which I discovered is an exercise in insecurity at the outset — I have also contended with the mighty force of laziness. Most people recognize me as a driven, self-motivated person capable of keeping on task for prolonged periods of time, but knowing I don’t have to “clock in” has had somewhat of a terrible effect upon me. I’ve had to reset myself several times, asserting I will not fall off and will maintain diligence. I’m not certain if I could have forgiven myself for so many setbacks without a merciful wife consistently encouraging me.
I suppose I could give myself a chance. It’s been hardly a month since I’ve made the decision to attempt at writing on a more consistent basis, but again, this mentality only opens the door for more idle behavior. Fortunately, the Bible has kicked me in the butt regarding this topic. Maybe they’ll do the same for you this morning.
Lifestyles of the rich and un-famous. (v. 9) Proverbs is a funny book — it’s one of the few in the Bible that actually promote wealth, but it’s typically juxtaposed with wickedness as the converse. In this situation, it’s better to be well-off without all the fame than it is to be poor and well known. People like to have both, but we do some silly things to get famous without considering the devastating consequences our decisions might have on those around us.
Frivolous fixations. (v. 11) This verse couples with verse 9 nicely, because sometimes it’s not just a vain pursuit of fame but a complete ignorance of practicality that gets us in trouble. While God loves a man of faith, he also loves a man that knows what he’s about to do, and, once he’s done it, is satisfied with the results. (The context of the linked verse here has more to do with a complete abandon to follow Christ, ironically, but it still bears application.)
Biblical capitalism. (v. 24) Some people feel like they’re slaves to their job. I cannot speak for every laborer, but integrity and doing “a little more” have a lot to do with their current position. By no means do I suggest brown-nosing, but you might consider your overall attitude and effort if you’re feeling stuck.
Being unwilling to evaluate your attitude is lazy altogether.
No roast for you. (v. 27) A lazy person will even LOSE what he works for. We can overlook what we have on the table if we keep looking at what’s not there. If you’re struggling financially today, take a look at how you spend your time and money. You might be shocked how much you can save by cutting out a few things we esteem too highly.
Let it be known that, though this might appear condescending, the application of this discourse is upon myself first. We’re prone to disservice God by waxing selfishness, but we’re more so when we omit personal responsibility via common sense that He has already set within us.
Anyone see the Packers game, by the way?