Being as busy as we get in our every day routines, it seems unfair to even consider ourselves to be lazy. But are we energetic and determined where it matters?
Raising godly children- Raising children is a difficult task, yet a blessing unequaled to any other. We are responsible for raising these children, whether we sought the pregnancy or not, in the godly way they should go. We are their parent first- not their friend. Taking the lazy approach can mean:
- allowing too much screen time (computer, phone, video games, television, etc.)
- not having bible study with them outside the church walls
- not having rules and/or enforcing them
- Not promoting reading
- not spending time with them
Staying healthy- Without the need of seeing the latest diet fad or gimmick, we all know what foods are best to be avoided. Refined sugar and starches cause inflammation and can cause fatigue, among other unpleasant consequences. It takes a lot of work and discipline to eat in a healthy manner, but it is worth it and it is honoring to God, as we care for His temple.
Not caring for our bodies, as we all know, results not only in decreased energy, weight gain, and feeling insecure and unhappy with our appearance, but it is also selfish. If we are not healthy, most of the time it is by choice. How then, are we to do our best for the Kingdom if we are not in the best shape we possible can be?
Unfortunately, I'm not speaking form experience, because this is one of my challenges. As you can see by my pleasantly plump figure (it's not really pleasant...or much of a figure, for that matter), I really do need to eat better and include an exercise routine in my schedule. Forgive me for not being an example to follow, but at the very least, I am aware! Ha ha!
The Great Commission- Many of us are perfectly content going to church once or twice a week. We leave the evangelizing and discipling to others. But why do we suppose it's somebody else's job and not ours? Shouldn't we all be about our Father's business? You may not be called to missions across the globe.
You may not be called to be a preacher behind a pulpit.
You may not be called to be a group leader.
BUT- you are called. You are not exempt from the Great Commission. You are needed right where you are. Start taking steps and the Lord will direct them. You can literally start in your backyard. Since I started Blossom Tea Party over two years ago, we have had gatherings in my backyard. It's all we had to work with and it works great! The girls love the decoration, the tea, the pictures, gifts, messages, and fellowship.
The cost of not doing our part in the Great Commission can mean more work for others. Not only that, but it can also lead to regrets later in life- regrets of not having done more.
Nurturing relationships- We may grow tired of one another since we see each other all the time- especially family. We take our relationships for granted and live to regret it if we sadly lose someone. We're pretty much stuck (I mean that in the nicest way possible) with family, and sometimes, friends. We can choose to love and respect, or let our emotions and routines pull us away from one another. It takes work to nurture relationships.
The cost of being lazy in our relationships may lead to divorce, resentment, unforgiveness, and broken families. Relationships are worth the work it takes to maintain them.
Seeking the Kingdom- This is what helps us with the rest of life's details! To be lazy in seeking God's Kingdom brings serious consequences. Being lazy in this area can mean:
- putting Bible reading and prayer last on our list
- being disobedient
- allowing God-dishonoring behavior and/or entertainment in our homes
I am not willing and don't want to pay the cost of laziness in certain areas of my life. I do need commitment in certain areas, such as exercise. I cannot lie to myself or fool God.
We must push past the excuses, wrong perspectives, and fears to do our absolute best as we represent Christ in this world. I, for one, am tired of laziness. We can have our agendas full of activities and events, but we cannot hide behind that either. If we know we are being lazy or immature in a certain area of our lives, let's own up to it and make the necessary changes.
We are all part of the body of Christ. Let's do our part. We can do so much for the Kingdom if we work selflessly, together! If it is our choice, and it is, we have absolutely no reason to not work diligently for the Kingdom of God. Don't make the things that shouldn't be an option, an option. Every single area of our lives is affected in one way or another by the choices we make. Let's seek Him first; the better choices will follow, as we do. Let's love God and serve Him well.