"Go to the ant, oh sluggard; consider her ways and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest" (Proverbs 6:6-8).
The world wants to objectify and support laziness—but why is that such a bad thing? After all, there's nothing wrong with having a little bit of time off, is there? Of course not. However, people tend to go too far with this and end up never doing anything. That is where the issue is. The issue is when we take “having a break” to stopping all work.
First of all, I would like to take a look at laziness from a woman't point of view. Okay, first I have to address the roles of women; not just in the church, but in life in general. According to Titus 2:5, women are to be keepers of the home. Obviously, if you're in your teens you won't have to worry about this right now. However, if you look at the context of this verse, the author of this book is telling older women to teach this to the younger women. Why? Why is it important for us to learn these things when we're young and they're supposedly irrelevant to us? Well, how are we supposed to know what to do and how to do it when we are married and have children if we don't already know it before the time comes? The teen years are to be spent preparing for adulthood. If your room is constantly a wreck in your teen years, then what can you expect your home to look like when you're the one supposed to take care of it? Our responsibility as young adults is to be homemakers in training. Yes, that is difficult when you can just watch TV instead, but we can't let our priorities slip from us.
Second, I'll be talking about laziness from a Christian's point of view. Above keeping our homes in check, we have to be busy in the enlargement of the kingdom of God. We have to be out there teaching others about God's word. Even though as women we can't get up in the pulpit and “preach to the multitudes,” we don't have any room to complain. God gave us women our own priorities. I've got an article coming up about what women can do for God and I really hope you all get to read that. Unfortunately, I can't get into everything right now but us women can do a lot for the Lord. Basically, if we are doing everything that we are supposed to be doing, then we have no time to complain. I'd like to encourage you all to read through Titus chapter 2 and see for yourself exactly what women are to do.
As Christians, it is our #1 priority to further the kingdom. I'm not saying that you have to do Bible studies every day, but if you have a friend who is looking to study and you don't know what to do, ask someone who you know knows how to handle it and offer to go with that friend to the Bible study. Teach younger children, encourage everyone else who is helping to further the kingdom, but most of all, read your Bible so that you can be effective. No one is going to listen to someone who doesn't know what they're talking about.
Today, I would like to encourage you all to come up with some sort of plan or some idea to help further the kingdom somehow and then carry it out. Get a group of friends together and come up with a way to not only further your works as Christians, but also as homemakers. Make goals, get organized, do anything you can. It devastates me when teens think that they con't do anything until they're adults. These should be the busiest years of your life getting a good foundation for your faith right now. There is no commandment in the Bible that you cannot carry out until you are an adult. Even if you don't have children of your own, they're everywhere. Be a good example now and get to work now because if you don't have a good habit of it while you're young, then it'll be that much more difficult to create these habits in the future.
The Virtuous Woman is the TCT version of Jayla Sparks' blog, "Marvelously Modest". Its goal is to show that although the world teaches women that to be beautiful is to be of the world, to be steeped in sin, true beauty is being godly.
Hi! My name's Jayla Sparks and I'm 16 years old. I have been a Christian for about 3 years now. I enjoy activities such as reading, writing, playing piano, and baking. My goal in life is to aid as many people as I can to reach the heavenly goal.