Water? Clean and filled.
Food? It was toward the back of his feeder and he was too lazy to try and reach it!
"The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth." (Proverbs 26:15 NKJV).
To some this proverb may seem ridiculous. However, my cat's laziness was to the point that he wanted someone to bring his food to the front of the feeder for him! His paw didn't even make it into the "bowl"!
Unfortunately, I can totally relate. No, I didn't sit down to eat, put my hand in a bowl or plate with my eyes darting around hoping and wishing someone will put the food in my mouth. However, there have been times when I have been very, very lazy.
However, there are times when the appearance of laziness is due to a more complex reason. When I was 12 years old, I had my thyroid gland removed because it was overactive and could not be controlled. As a result, I have to take medication daily. If I miss a dose or two, or if my body isn't metabolizing the medication properly, I become lethargic and sluggish - appearing to be lazy to some. Others may be dealing with a more serious issue than mine such as depression.
But, for our purpose, today I'm talking about sheer, no reason at all for it, meowing at the top of your lungs because you want someone to feed you, LAZINESS.
The other day, I determined in my mind that I would do a hospital visit on my way to mid-week service... I had determined that the day prior. When the time came, I-just-did-not-feel-like-doing-any-of-it. I hadn't done anything out of the ordinary that day. I didn't do anything overly strenuous that had zapped my strength and my medication was metabolizing correctly.
Yet, I could not picture myself getting ready. Getting into the car. Battling evening traffic to get to the hospital. Going into the hospital. Walking through the hospital. Leaving the hospital. Getting into the car. Battling traffic again to go to church. Going into the church. Leaving the church. Driving home. Whew, it took a lot out of me just to write that!
Nevertheless, I did it - and with my loving adorable daughter in tow. To be commended? Probably not. There are plenty of people out there doing much more than that and they are doing it with grace and without complaints.
So, how do some people seem to be motivated to do things while others of us lament, scream and push back even if our hands are becoming moldy from being in the bowl too long?
I think we can find a glimpse of the answer in another proverb:
"The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." (Proverbs 13:4 NKJV).
The diligent one's soul is made rich.
Wow, a rich soul.
The NIV version says, "... the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied."
Filled. Not in want. Without lack.
The apostle John tells us that it is his prayer that as the soul prospers (be made rich) so would good health and everything we do prosper (3 John 1:2).
For me, experiencing a rich, prosperous soul cannot be separated from exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit talked about in Galatians 5:22-23. A rich soul loves people. A rich soul is full of joy. A rich soul has peace. A rich soul is patient. A rich soul is kind. A rich soul is good. A rich soul is faithful. A rich soul is gentle. A rich soul has self-control.
On the contrary, being lazy makes us empty, without purpose. When we are lazy we may desire to impact the world but we will always be found wanting, unwilling to share any goodness or love with others. When we are lazy we don't think of others or ourselves, we don't take the time to be patient or kind. When we are lazy we can't feel joy because we are too consumed with how our needs will be fulfilled with minimal effort. When we are lazy we don't take care of ourselves as we should and our health can decline. When we are lazy our endeavors grow stale and stagnant.
Being lazy causes our soul to be poor, depleted and miserable.
Starting today, I am going to push through my laziness when it rears its ugly head. I want my soul to be full, faithful and diligent in everything I do. I will not haphazardly engage in endeavors for the sake of being diligent in "something". It will be meaningful, purposeful, Jesus-driven - filled with making my soul prosperous.
I want good health and my endeavors to be prosperous. I want my soul to be rich, my desires to be fully satisfied - and most of all I just don't want to be caught with my hand stuck in the bowl...
Just Around the Corner,