Beach ChairsAverse to work or expending effort, little or no ambition or desire

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others. Jules Renard

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains.  Thomas Buxton

No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  Lord Chesterfield

Some of us are way too lazy for our own good. It is a significant issue and costs us severely. If we are honest, we may be under-motivated; too apathetic, lethargic, passive, and short on self-discipline. If we are really lazy, we are only doing what is absolutely required and nothing more. Life is passing us by and we are wasting time and potential and not living up to what we should be doing and becoming.

The degree of laziness we do or do not have is a strong ultimate impact on what we do or do not accomplish. On one end of the spectrum we have workaholics and on the other end we have those that are almost vegetative. Somewhere in the middle is the desired amount of motivation to grow and develop without being a slave to “work and no play”. We overcome laziness with desirable traits and sufficient quantities of energy, ambition, zeal, discipline, motivation and accountability. It is hard to visualize a lazy person as an example of someone who has their life together and is living up to their potential. Those that sacrifice everything to achieve success may be a poor example of a healthy and balanced approach to quality living. There are two aspects of laziness to consider; there is physical as well as mental laziness. Both are significant handicaps to living up to our potential.

Mental laziness is the worse of the two; it affects everything.  Being mentally lazy, we lack ambition, desire and discipline and as a result lack motivation. The more lacking we are, the more likely we are underachieving and letting life just pass us by. We are more apt to be unhappy, dissatisfied with ourselves and have any number of other self-issues. Our comfort zone is where we reside, hardly ever venturing out of it.

We must be consciously and personally responsible for our lot in life. Adults are required to hold themselves accountable. If laziness is an issue; it has to be addressed by the person in charge; and that is us. This is an inside-out issue. Consciously, we must become “painstakingly” aware of our internal laziness issues. We must become acutely aware of our inadequacies in doing things we should be doing. It requires patience, diligence and continuous focus. Many of us can do much better than we are doing. The rewards will be well worth the effort.

Challenge:  You must realize that you have to answer to yourself in the same manner as a subordinate would answer to a supervisor. Someone has to be in charge. As an adult you must assume that role. How well you do in fulfilling this role makes all the difference in how well you ultimately do in living up to your potential. This realization and this commitment are absolutely and seriously critical to your ongoing personal growth.

Wisdom:   Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.  Benjamin Franklin

Spiritual: (NIV)

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7

All hard works brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33

Those who work hard are typically rewarded for their efforts. Those who have goals and aspirations, focus on them and work at accomplishing them are moving ahead in their lives. God has given us abilities to do and to accomplish. We are not intended to “sit around” and vegetate. Life largely gives us what we ask of it and what we expect of it. If we want to do better, we must work harder and have higher aspirations. God will help us.

Prayer: Help me to be and do according to the talents and abilities You have given me.


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