Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. Psalm 26:2
Let’s cut to the chase on this one… being a lazy person is a NO. It’s just not a good look. Laziness is a deadly trap that is extremely easy to fall into. Putting things off til later sounds pretty reasonable in the moment, but it’s more important to consider the long-run. If you want to see your life go somewhere you’d be proud of, it would be best to ditch the laziness mindset.
In a recent devotion I studied from one of my favorite pastors, it brought to my attention that there are three different kinds of lazy people:
The excuse maker
The time waster
The procrastinator rarely counts the cost of what they’re to do. They end up believing within themselves that they can handle whatever needs to be done even if it means waiting until the last minute. But when the last minute comes, they find themselves in the same place where they began.
The excuse maker lacks integrity and accountability. They’re always trying to find a way to place blame on others for their own shortcomings. OR they just need a reason to keep from doing what needs to be done. The excuse maker would rather have things handed down to them. They always have a hand out, but is quick to close it when it’s time to extend to someone else.
The time waster is pretty straight forward. Much like the procrastinator, they fail to count the cost. However, unlike the procrastinator who doesn’t start, the time waster will start but not finish.
So if you looked at this list, which are you? Be honest.
Ask yourself this question: how can you be able to handle success if you can hardly complete simple tasks? When much more is given to you, much more will be required of you. If you’re lazy at the point of your beginning, it will only get worse as you go along. Lack of discipline makes for ruin.
Laziness is unacceptable for sure, but it is not unheard of. It’s also extremely difficult to avoid. Trust me, I know. The good news is… there’s a way out! God tells us that we will never be tempted beyond what we can stand. Most importantly, a way of escape will be made.
The way of escape from laziness begins in the mind. It starts with you deciding that mediocre will not be your story. So where will you start?
Going from one extreme to another won’t happen overnight, but if your mind is right then allow yourself grace to transform. Start with something small. If it means working on getting to your job on time, or meeting deadline a day earlier, do what you have to do.
Snapping out of lazy habits will not only change your personal and spiritual life, but it was also improve your professional life as well. Don’t allow laziness to overtake your reputation. No one wants to work with someone who doesn’t put first things first.
Don’t play yourself. Be about that action.
Take a listen to the latest episode of The Remedy Podcast where we discuss this topic: