Friday, March 3, 2017

About Laziness

We love laziness

In fact, we embrace laziness. Why try to cover up your embarrassing tendencies when you could laugh over them? 

The mentality is summed well in t-shirts that say, 

Shortest horror story: school tomorrow.

Work less. Sleep more.

I work out. Just kidding, I'm lazy

Because ehhh, effort and responsibility? What are they for? 

Sure, most Christians don't do "serious" sins, like drugs, but many don't have a problem reveling in procrastination, screen-addiction, or slothfulness. 

We throw around our sins flippantly, even boastfully. If there's an excuse for our laziness, we'll take it.

But the Bible addresses laziness,  

Like vinegar to the teeth, or smoke to the eyes,
So is the lazy to those who send him. -Proverbs 10:26(NASB)

Or Proverbs 15:19(NASB)

The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,
But the path of the upright is a level highway.

I'm not saying it's a sin to feel unmotivated sometimes or even to veg out a little on the weekends, but ultimately the Bible defines the hatred of work as sin.



Sure, laziness can be funny. Sure, joking about yours can be honest and humble, but it's spiraled into a mindset. According to this mindset, your failures aren't character-building or "opportunities for improvement". Instead, they make you a beautiful mess.

Unfortunately for this comfortable way of thinking, God holds higher standards for those in his image. In James 4:8-9, we read, 

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

The amazing reality that our despicable sins are covered through faith in Christ has been traded for the freedom to love them as part of your identity. Thanks be to God, your sins do not define you. Christ defines you. 

Laziness isn't cute. Ditching effort isn't freeing. But that's what memes and so many conversations will tell you.

Maybe the first step to conquering laziness is shunning and hating it. A t-shirt isn't going to help. Nor are boasts like, "I'm going to watch Netflix all weekend, 'cuz I'm lazy!" 

Do be open about your laziness or weaknesses. My weaknesses are discontentment, self-control, pride, and, yes, laziness

But don't laugh them off. Don't romanticize them.  

Pray to God. Talk to your friends or family about your struggles. 

Remember that God will sanctify you and He has a plan for your flaws. But sin is ugly. Don't let it identify you. 

Your essence is in Christ.