Identifying Laziness

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October 09, 2021

Identifying Laziness

 

Proverbs 6:6-11

Sometimes it’s difficult to see sin in our own life, especially if it’s something that doesn’t stand out as obviously evil. That’s the problem with laziness—it’s viewed as an acceptable weakness rather than a sin. Those who live in a pattern of laziness have trouble seeing clearly what they are doing wrong, and they find criticism unreasonable (Prov. 26:16).

To determine whether laziness is a problem in your life, consider these characteristics:

• Making excuses for not doing a task.
• Avoiding doing things you don’t like, even if they’re your responsibility.
• Not considering the future outcome of your inaction.
• Needing outside coercion to complete tasks.

The consequences of laziness are serious. In the workplace, there is the possibility of frequent criticism, probation, or even termination. In the home, a buildup of frustration could result in harsh words, and children may copy their parent’s undesirable habits and suffer as a result.
We may be able to fool ourselves by thinking that laziness is no big deal, but God isn’t pleased with poor attitudes, careless ways, and shoddy efforts. He wants us to do our work heartily, as unto Him (Col. 3:23).

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