Thursday, July 30, 2009

Don't be Lazy

That's my motivational speech to myself this morning. "Don't be lazy." Its cloudy and dark outside with a thunder storm brewing. I've got a nice hot cup of coffee at my side, and two kids who are entertained watching Sesame Street. Its hard to feel even remotely interested in all the things I need to do today. I just want to sit, sip, and be lazy. But... "don't be lazy" is my phrase for the day. Don't put off till tomorrow what can be done today. Don't avoid. Don't neglect. Don't be idle. It's not that I'm saying one shouldn't relax, or that I've bought into the crazy "American" way of being busy, busy, busy all the time. But I do think that it is the tendency of our fallen human nature to be lazy and to procrastinate. It seems that we confuse resting from our labor (a Biblical concept, for sure) and avoiding our labor. Today I want to avoid. I want to avoid disciplining the boys (that's is probably my FAVORITE thing to avoid!! but the one with the worst repercussions), exercising in the humid weather, and unpacking boxes. But I am accountable to God for my time, and how I spend it. One of Isaiah's favorite Judy Roger's songs is "Go to the Ant" which happens to be a very suitable reminder for children... and adults... especially adults named Kathryn who don't feel like doing anything today. :)

Proverbs 6:6-11
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.


Anonymous said...

That is my greatest struggle. With no car and no one to be with to hold me accountable, I just want to give up. Being lonely is my excuse. I have to fight it every day and they way I know that I'm loosing the battle is when i get a certain headache. Crazy, huh?
Thanks for being so humble and so awesome Kathryn! You are such a wonderful sister to have!

Lisa said...

I struggle with this in the mornings a lot! I have a hard time getting going, not a morning person at all :( thank you for your honesty and the morning devotion today. Just motivated me to go clean out my fridge and get going :). God bless you and your adorable family. Lisa


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