My husband captured this gem. Flattering, eh?
I love to sleep.
Sometimes, when I lay down in my bed at night, I just smile and wiggle my toes and think how thankful I am for sleep. It is so good.
And warm baths, love those too.
Oh, and curling up in my white comfy chair, sipping tea (sometimes coffee), and just letting my bones relax.
Relax. Curl up. Sleep. I could live like this. But it’s not much of a life, and my home would fall apart and my children would raise themselves. You know, if I just lived comfortable. If I just let laziness have its way in me.
If I just choose to be selfish.
That’s right, selfish, because let’s face it, the root of laziness is selfishness (which we’ll talk about tomorrow). When I indulge in being lazy, I’m choosing to let chaos win. I’m choosing to turn my back on my responsibilities. I’m choosing to waste the moments and the gifts that add up to a life.
And my children are watching; they are becoming as they take in how their mama lives.
I don’t want to be a lazy person! I want to be diligent; I want to be wise and faithful with my time and the talents God has given me. I must push back, daily, on the curse (more of this next week), and choose to work. Work is good (more on this next week).
I’m going to choose (it is a choice), today, to be diligent. I’m going to choose to have authority over these lazy bones, and accept the fact that life is hard and it wasn’t meant to be easy. We live in a world wrapped in sin, and so we must fight; we must remain faithful. We press on, remembering the goal: to live with eternity in mind.
We work so there is order and so we can eat and live, but we also work so we can become like Jesus and to love others well.
We choose to let our work be caught up into heaven. We choose to let the Holy Spirit have His way in us, making us humble and willing to serve. We choose to create beauty out of chaos in order to love those who need a soft place to land.
It really is all a choice; the choice to surrender to the One who will work through us.
I’m choosing to love.
Are you with me?
Mary Challenge: Get your Bible out and look up as many references to the word “lazy” as you can find. Write down some key consequences of choosing a lifestyle of laziness. If you have time, also look up references to being diligent and write down the blessings of choosing a lifestyle of diligence.
Martha Challenge: Keep working on your bedroom! If you haven’t yet, clean out underneath your bed. If you’ve done that, move on to your night stand.
“Take us down and lay us low
Leave ashes in place of gold
Let nothing remain of our pride
From your mountain on high
Lay us low”
Christa Wells, Lay Us Low
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