Laziness: Why You Should Hammer it Out of Your Life
Do we spend too much time doing things that do not matter?
It seems like everywhere I go, I see a teen on a cell phone. From McDonalds to the church building, wherever there's a teen, there's pretty much always going to be a cell phone, and it's going to be used frequently.
I have nothing against the cell phone. I have one myself, and I enjoy using it greatly. But, as teens, we often spend too much time on it, doing stuff that doesn't really matter in the long run. And I have a problem with that. It's not just the time we spend on our phones, it's TV, social media, sleeping in, and countless other things we do that are, for all practical purposes, worthless.
You see, I recently researched how an average teen spends their day, and this is what I came up with:
- We sleep nine hours and twenty-eight minutes every day,
- We watch TV for three and a half hours every day,
- We spend thirty-seven minutes on social media every day,
- And we spend five and a half hours a day doing school.
Believe it or not, that’s one hundred and twenty-eight hours out of the one hundred and sixty-eight hours in the week. Looking at that, you may say, “Forty hours is a good bit!” Think about it. That’s forty hours for chores, work, church, hanging out–you get the point. It’s not as much as it seems. My question is: where do we find time for God in there? Most teens don’t. Do you? If not, here are a few reasons you should:
For Your Family
1 Timothy 5:8 says, "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." As teens, we most likely will not be the main source of income for our families, but the principle is still there, which is: if we're lazy, especially towards our family, we have "denied the faith" and are "worse than an unbeliever". This, according to Revelation 21:8, means we would be going to hell.
Galatians 6:7-10 says,
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Over and over again, the principle is enforced: 'whatever one sows, that shall he also reap'. Basically, this is saying that our success in life depends on if we follow God's way or the world's way. God's way includes not being lazy and working to help our families succeed (Ecclesiastes 9:9).
For Your Lord
James 1:25 reads, "But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." In short, we are to look in the perfect law of liberty (the Bible) and not be someone who, when they hear what it says, allows it to go in one ear and out the other, but be one who takes it in and does what it says.
You may ask, "How can I know that my work isn't worthless?" In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul answers that question: "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." Since Paul was inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), we know that God is telling us that our labor is not in vain. If there is greater assurance than that, I most definitely have not found it.
For Your Dreams
In Ecclesiastes 9:10, the Bible says, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the grave), to which you are going." The grave is a boring place. There will be nothing to do, nothing to think about. That's why we should expend all our effort here: there will be nothing to expend effort on in the grave.
No matter how many dreams you have, this one principle will remain: If your dreams are going to come true, can't be lazy, you must work for them. Walt Disney said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Solomon said, "In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty" (Proverbs 14:23).
There were three tramps laying on the side of the road under a shady tree. A man walked up to them and said, "You must be the three laziest people I have ever seen. I'll tell you what. I have a $10 bill for the laziest one of you. Which one deserves it?" The first tramp immediately hopped up, but before he could say anything, the man said, "Well, you’re eliminated." The second tramp slowly rolled over and said, "Of course its my cash." Then the third hobo drawled, "Here, just put it in my pocket." God does not want us to be lazy Christians. He wants us to hammer the laziness out of our life. Have you swung the hammer yet?