Proverbs 13:4

“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

I am a procrastinator through and through. For some reason, I could never seem to get work done until right before a deadline. I had a love-hate relationship with some teachers who were flexible on deadlines because I have a really difficult time getting things done if I know I have some extra time available. I far too often live by the motto “If you wait until the last minute to do something, then it will only take you a minute to do it!” As I look back on opportunities I had to work hard and learn something from an assignment or project, I realize I have missed out on quite a bit.

Let’s call this what it really is (because I need to be honest with myself)–it’s laziness. This kind of attitude toward assignments for work or school can easily spill over into so many other areas of life. It has caused me to be forgetful and dismissive in ways that have affected my relationships with others and with God. I have so often put off things that are important for personal health: physical, emotional, or spiritual. I let laziness and excuses keep me from being my best self.

Maybe this is why God tells us to work as though we are working for him, not anyone else. He knows if we live to meet the standards of humans, we will either slack off or drive ourselves crazy trying to meet unreachable expectations. Instead, He wants us to spend our time and energy focused on what He desires for us. He knows us well enough to know what to expect of us and He wants to help us get there. He wants us to feel the freedom that comes with His work in and through us. Leave behind the excuses that keep us from working hard, or the expectations that drive us mad, and do everything in such a way that will put a smile on God’s face!

QUESTION 1. What do you keep putting off that you know you need to do?
QUESTION 2. How does laziness or procrastination play a role in your personal relationship with God?
CHALLENGE: Leave behind your excuses and get moving! You’ve got work to do and a God worth doing it for!
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