Today’s word for June 26, 2011

As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 26:14-16

The word of God has always associated laziness with foolishness. In fact, only a fool can think that laziness is good. It’s one thing for us to spend idle moments to regain our energy and another to keep ourselves in a constant state of disregard for all the obligations we have and for everyone around us. The sloth justifies his behavior covered in hype and bringing up hypothetical situations that convince him and nobody else of his need to be inactive. Laziness, as indicated by the word of God, leads to poverty and pain. Latin culture being so identified with the philosophical school of hedonism and showing such a stark contrast with Puritan work ethics invented the term “Dolce far niente,” which means “delicious idleness” to give a nice appeal to something that is simply folly. Again, it’s one thing to take a short break and another to devote a lifetime to idleness. Laziness is not rest because the sluggard can’t be tired because he has done nothing. No activity that may have caused exhaustion has been carried out!

King Solomon wrote: “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.” I don’t think you can find a better explanation of the serious consequences reserved for those who like to imitate the proverbial slouch. Now more than ever, it is necessary to heed the exhortation of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Do we need more warnings than the ones we find in the word of God? I think not. What we must do is very well defined and all we have to do is to carry on making the most of this teaching. To God alone be the glory!


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