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A little slumber


How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs 6:9-11

For me it is difficult to hide it and so I dare to publicly confess it: I like the dolce far niente (‘sweet doing nothing’,) ie inactivity. But that does not mean I spend a lifetime doing nothing. In fact, thank God I have much work to do and to this activity I dedicate at least 40 hours per week. This, above all, to maintain balance between family and work, in addition to other activities which, according to the usually accurate view of my beautiful better half, I dedicate too much time. One knows when we are allowing the flesh to guide our steps and our agenda, so we must never ignore the warnings of God’s Holy Spirit who dwells within us alerting us to get back to work. We better listen to Him because He is our Counselor, in fact, he is the best counsel that can be found in the universe and beyond, if it were possible to live outside the universe. We also need to be clear that we can not spend the whole time as if we were in frantic activity very similar to the washing machine spin cycle. God created both work and rest and to maintain a balance between these two categories of activity is a demonstration that we have received God’s wisdom, that one that comes from above.

It is likely that in most activities you will find yourself at either end of the spectrum, whether you work hard or do nothing at all because you are “resting.” Towards which of the two extremes you lean? Neither extreme is good. The optimum level is to keep a stable balance between these two positions so we can live in an integral way. Seek, therefore, the center of balance and let’s keep it as long as possible. You will have a better quality of life and your family will thank you for it. Only to God be the glory!

Poor harvest


Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
Proverbs 20:4

Many people complain that things did not go well or as they wished but do not realize that much of the failure of their actions is the result of not being prepared in time or of not planning their activities. A lack of planning often results from lack of common sense. Sometimes it is due to plain ignorance and at worst due to laziness and procrastination. In either case the result is the same, failure and pain. Worst of all is that when the person fails he blames everybody else for what happened and does not realize (or does not want to realize ) that the responsibility rests on his shoulders for not being prepared ahead of time. Imagine that you have a desire to eat a special dish not normally found in a restaurant. If you have not secured the recipe of the dish, the utensils and all the ingredients needed and have not taken care of selecting the ingredients of the highest quality it will be very difficult to succeed in preparing the dish.

Almost all things related to life require preparation and planning. If we consider work it  is obvious that we need to have knowledge and skills that are only achieved with training and practice. If we look at family life it is necessary to know and apply the principles established by God for the proper administration and management of children and the household economy. More importantly, if we consider our spiritual life we ​​need to immerse ourselves daily in the Word of God and maintain a close relationship with God to ensure the growth and health that can only be obtained by obeying his instructions to the letter. Let us not be like the sluggard who refuses to take up the plow at the right time for planting and then complains because he does not find the crop needed for support. Let’s be cautious and diligent and it will make us to be always successful. To God alone be the glory!

Laziness


A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Proverbs 13:4

Laziness has always had a very negative impact on those who let themselves be dominated by its influence. Laziness is always looking to follow the path of less resistance not caring that this path will lead the sluggard to the very edge of disaster. This easy to follow and quite convenient path does not require that we develop character and discipline necessary to face the obstacles and to make the decisions that may be required, so most likely we will end up becoming cowardly puppets of circumstances. Laziness ends up being accompanied by fear and eventually it will make us become individuals who are useless and have no criteria. Any plan undertaken by the sluggard will end up in total failure because he does not have the will or the discipline to carry out the task through completion. Slowly but very effectively, apathy and reluctance eventually take possession of the will of the feeble-minded who has been driven to that sorry state by laziness. In addition, contemporary life is filled with many distractions and entertainments that take away time that we should spend working on important things.

By contrast, the diligent undertakes everything with enthusiasm and discipline, which provides the energy required to successfully complete his tasks. All he sets to do has a happy ending because he does not let idleness conquer him. When it is time for accountability, the diligent can show good results that will make his superior say, as the lord of the parable of the talents: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” While for the sloth there can only be complaint and reprimand. “Wicked, lazy servant!” will say his supervisor. We must not neglect this important aspect of our lives. We may be doing well in other areas but if we disregard this issue, it will bring upon us big problems and sorrows. Laziness is just one more feature of our sinful nature. Let us not be dominated and controlled by it, instead let’s do everything with diligence and good cheer. Victory and success will accompany us for sure. To God alone be the glory!

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!

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!

Today’s word for May 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

Humanity’s technological mission is to invent devices that make life as easy and less laborious as possible. Some of the devices developed are truly a blessing for humanity; others have had a destructive influence. I do not think anyone would think that washing machines and clothes dryers are not devices that really make our lives easier. Same thing we can say the computer and its application: the Internet, which has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn and have fun. And what about the vehicles, cell phone or microwave ovens? All these technological advances have certainly made our lives easier. However, as with all things, the sinful nature of humanity has created new ways to commit crimes and do wrong things using these otherwise useful technological tools.

An example of misused technology is harnessing the Internet to promote and disseminate pornography and pedophilia. Another example is driving at speeds well above the established limits. Cell phone use while driving also has resulted in painful losses of human lives and material damage. A much worse influence, mainly because of the stealth way it operates is the misuse of the leisure time that we now have as a result of the application of new technologies. Since we now have more time available, we can do more and different things that we did not do before which causes us mental and physical fatigue. Later, to recover from the fatigue, we rest in inactivity, but inactivity promotes end up being lazy and irresponsible because we do not manage our time well. Let us not be like the sluggard of today’s Bible portion. Let us remind ourselves that we need to make “the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Let us serve our Lord with joy and let us not be overcome by laziness. To God alone be the glory!