Today’s word for July 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

Laziness is a bad habit. Laziness is a vice that promises rest, but only ends up generating anxiety and trouble. The sluggard is deluding himself when he tries to justify his inaction. The lazy attitude of him upsets everybody because his tasks have to be assumed by others. The lazy do not understand or could care less that they hurt others with their laziness. The only thing he cares about is that doing nothing gives him pleasure. With all his selfishness, the sluggard neglects his health because he does not take care of himself due to his laziness. As we can see there is nothing good in laziness and yet many people exhibit this dangerous vice. The reason for this behavior is found in the sluggard thinks that he is wise. In his own mind he knows everything and does not need anyone to show him how to do things. This is why he does not seek the opinion of others and pays no attention if someone points out his vice.

The children of God, on the contrary should be diligent in everything they undertake. The Word of God exhorts us to be occupied with good works, always prepared, to persevere, to be disciplined, to be persistent in preaching the word, in time and out of time, to excel with the things of God, not to live idly, to take care of our own responsibilities, to work with our own hands, to make the most of every opportunity, to make further progress towards the goal, not to be tired of doing good and to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. If, after receiving all these admonitions we continue giving free rein to laziness we are facing a problem of rebellion, which if not corrected will require discipline from God. Need more warnings? To God alone be the glory!

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