Go to the ant, you lazybones!

Consider its ways, and be wise. 

It has no chief, overseer or ruler;

yet it provides its food in summer

and gathers its supplies at harvest-time.

Lazybones! How long will you lie there in bed?

When will you get up from your sleep?

“I’ll just lie here a bit, rest a little longer,

just fold my hands for a little more sleep” —

and poverty comes marching in on you,

scarcity hits you like an invading soldier.

Proverbs 6:6-11 (CJB)

 

 

 

 

What a message! I have heard this portion of scripture being preached over and over again but I read it as part of my devotion and it hit me. (Finally after so long). Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in hard work, in working for what you want. But, I don’t think I had really connected this scripture with working hard as yet.

 

I love the CJB version because it says ‘Lazybones’ instead of ’Sluggard’ which I think emphasises it better. Sluggard is not something I use in my daily life, but a lazybones is simple enough for me to really understand.  

 

 

 

How to stop being lazy…

1. Get up

How long will you lie there is bed? It asks? This implies that oversleeping is part of the problem… note I said oversleeping, not sleeping. Yes, a lot of people take pride in their abilities to sleep long, but how long you lie there in bed? It’s a simple case of ‘the early bird catches the worm’. Yes, you will get crumbs when you eventually get up, like the scripture says ‘poverty comes marching in on you, scarcity hits you like an invading soldier’. Because the opportunities will dry up if you cannot wake up early enough for what you want in life. We read books like the 5am club and we are seemingly in awe, and yet the bible has long been a 5am championer. 

 

2. Wake up early

There are so many benefits to waking up early. If you want to change your life, start getting up early, start getting up and out of bed. Don’t wake up early to spend hours scrolling through social media, no! Get up early to pray and have devotion. Get up early to unpack your mind and plan your day. Get up early to work on your business ideas, get up early to work on your business. Get up early to study. 

3. Make no excuses

Stop making excuses. Don’t get caught up giving excuses after excuses as to why you cannot do all the things you want to do. Like the hymn says ‘Ask not to be excused’ 

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