The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!”
or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”
Excuses, excuses…or are they?
Food for Thought
The God who created wisdom also created irony. This verse has always been so simple for me because I’ve always been one of those “Get after it!” people. Goal? “Get after it!” Problem? “Get after it!” Celebration? “Get after it!” You know, one of those annoying go-getters. No time for sluggards here.
That’s one reason why this time in God’s desert has been so painful for me — I often doubt my motives. Am I really on God’s plan or have I become a bum? It is at times like these where all I can do is ask God to reveal my heart to me. I want to be on God’s plan more than anything and sometimes that means experiencing and being something that makes you very uncomfortable. I’m a natural go-getter, naturally inquisitive, naturally feisty, and in the words of Roy Williams — the ultimate communications guru today in my opinion — I’m the “basset hound.” Aroooo! That’s for you, Roy.
But sometimes the basset hound has to be still and quiet. As Solomon’s dad David said, captured in The Message:
Quiet down before God,
be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
who elbow their way to the top.
Excuses here? I don’t think I’m making any. Perhaps that’s the difference between being a bum and being obedient.
- What excuses are you making that keep you from doing what you were called to do?
- What are you afraid of? If you’re not afraid, are you lazy? Be honest with yourself.
- What are you willing to do to remove those excuses?