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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Laziness ~ A Thief!

I was thinking today about laziness (my own specifically) and how it is a robber of so many joys. It is my own laziness that prevents me from feeling accomplished at the end of the day. My own laziness that prevents me (and my family) from enjoying a sparkly clean home. My own laziness that keeps me from the fun of sewing a project or working on a quilt. It is my own laziness that robs me of the joy of treating my darling husband to an apple pie (his favorite) or his favorite meal (because I didn’t start it in time).

It is amazing how much tidying I got done around the house today (not that I’m finished) because I just did it. I could have enjoyed the (somewhat) uncluttered look days ago had I just done it. More than that I could have enjoyed the fun inner feeling of joy when my darling husband came home and said how nice the house looks… if I had just done it. Instead I found something more fun or easier to do. Likely… I probably floated around on blogs (being encouraged to do something… yet not actually doing it).

I am tired of laziness! The sad thing is that this isn’t the first time I’ve said that. My heart’s desire is to be a clear reflection of the woman described in Proverbs 31. What is it that keeps me from working toward that? Laziness! Proverbs 31:27 (I know it so well that I even know exactly where it is) says, “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

Several things stand out to me about this verse. First, “she looks well to the ways of her household.” “Well”… as in completely or does a good job (I haven’t looked into the Hebrew, so if anyone senses that I have misinterpreted this word I would love to be corrected!) Second, she “does not eat the bread of idleness.” I need to be reminded that aimlessly clicking around the internet because I’m bored is the same as eating the bread of idleness! I have more than enough around here that can be done… even if I’ve finished all my chores for the day!

There is always something that can be done! I could work on the sewing project I am figuring out for children’s Christmas gifts. I could finally (4 years later) put the backing on my snowman quilt so that we can actually enjoy it this year. I could clean windows, or remove cobwebs, or dust! I could make ahead batters for breakfast this week, or prepare dough for Christmas cookies and freeze it, or go through that stack of paper that has been making me (and my darling husband) crazy for more than a week!

I think my point is that the laziness has got to stop! I don’t want to let it rob me, and especially my darling husband and son, of anymore joy! I think I will find a way to decorate my kitchen with Proverbs 31:27! But that isn’t enough… it is not the hearers of the Word, but the doers of the Word that God is pleased with!

Do any of you need to join me in working toward being a doer of Proverbs 31:27??? Or am I the only one?

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At November 28, 2007 at 5:53 PM , Blogger April@Simplicity Concepts said...

You are so NOT alone! My first blog posting was on keeping a list of daily things I needed to do-I admit I only did it for one day, I was so successful at completing my tasks that I was too tired the next day to conquer another list LOL. I believe there is always room for improvement, but it is also important to realize just how much we do during a day. I don't know about you or others but I have this list that has items on it that I just need to DO! Even if I just did ONE a day. Your post has challenged me!!! I will tackle my list-you will see, thank you!. Challenge-what is that one thing you most want to accomplish within the next week?

At November 29, 2007 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Laura said...

Found your blog through another - not sure which one though! LOL
I've been here for about a week. Am enjoying it. :)
I too needed this post. Thanks for sharing your heart. I am working at becoming more disciplined and less lazy when I am overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. I too am a perfectionist about many things and I am beginning to see how that can hinder, not help, my sweet children. Many times I feel so frustrated with the state of things that I mentally give up and quit trying to chip away at it. It's easier to blog or piddle than to delve into the work. However, I always end up regretting my lack of effort and feel ashamed that I am not quite keeping up. The misuse of time is so common, I'm afraid; but time is a gift we have been given from God to invest wisely. Thank you for calling my attention to this verse - again!


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