Proverbs 18:9 “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
When trying to find a picture of laziness and idleness I came across this picture of our doggies. A lazy snoring dog is cute. A lazy snoring human being is not so cute unless that person is a helpless infant. That is the one time in our life that it is our job to sleep. That time of our life is the only time we are to be fed and provided for by others. We are to sleep the majority of the day to conserve energy for growing. Growing up to work. Yes we were created to move and to work.
This week my husband and I took vacation from our regular jobs to work on projects around our home. It has left us feeling very satisfied and accomplished. We actually are looking forward to seeing the final results of all of the small accomplishments compiled together in one large finished project.
We come into this world being owed nothing. Really what have we done to deserve any sort of hand outs, gifts, or greatness? God owes us nothing. This is the truth that our selfish human nature wants to deny. We puff ourselves up with the lie that we deserve all things that are good without putting forth any effort or struggle. This lie deceives us and robs us of the satisfaction that hard work brings. Hard work and tough times develop character. Hard work develops an appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice of others. Hard work develops endurance, perseverance, and strength within us. Only hard work can bring the satisfaction of seeing our own toil and strife turn to something that is good. This idea of entitlement is the greatest thief and form of slavery this country and world has known. It is a terrible lie that destroys individuals, families, towns, churches, and countries.
There are many verses about hard work, idleness, and sacrifice in the Bible. It definitely does a soul good to study them. It has been hard for me to narrow them down to just a couple for this blog.
Proverbs 13:4 “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
On Monday I encountered a woman who had several negative things to say about herself. When she stated “I am ugly” for the first time another friend of mine was nearby and stated “no you are beautiful”. My reply was the infamous “God don’t make no junk” statement to her. (I did a search trying to find who originally said “God don’t make no junk” and came up with 3,200,000 search results. The saying has been used in a lot of sermons.) Anyhoo as our encounter continued she continued to sneak in very negative comments about herself and her appearance. As I found out more about her family I asked her “Does your family love you?” she replied, “Yes”. I then proceeded to tell her “Well then you HAVE done something right! The media and Hollywood give us women a fake image of what beauty is.” “Us women don’t get enough credit for what we do and who we are.” “The fact that your family loves you shows that you are truly a beautiful woman.” We both started to grow teary eyed at this point because I too fight those negative feelings from time to time. As I am sure every female on the planet, if being honest, would say they fight them from time to time as well. Giving her a smile, a hand pat, the fact that I had no further time to go into a biblical sermon I simply finished with “No more negative comments about yourself…you ARE beautiful!”
I am far from being a counselor. How helpful those few words were I don’t know. I do feel her struggle. Outward beauty has been a struggle previously in my life. At this point it is more of feeling the pressure to be “Superwoman”. The pressure to work full-time and totally rock as a nurse, to have a perfectly clean house, a perfectly manicured yard, to serve in all capacities at church, to do fun and creative things with my children, to attend every game and performance, plus the burden of wanting to help so many, but not having the resources of time and finances to do everything…the list goes on and on… Monday I started feeling ill and by Monday night I spiked a fever. The last two days I was stopped dead in my tracks with no energy to eat or shower. Beauty was far from my thoughts as my hair had a great start in forming dreadlocks if that were a style I chose to pursue. The illness has required me to call off of work and back out of any responsibilities for two and a half days now. My house is a wreck needless to say. My family has had to fend for themselves for food. The only positive that I can muster from feeling crummy is that it does show what all I do accomplish through the day. When a person is unable to fulfill their normal activities of life it does leave a hole. My father would often get so doubtful of his ministry as a pastor of a small church. He would wonder if he was making any sort of difference. The hole he left when he died is so evident of the difference he made in this world.
We are all beautiful and have a specific purpose that God has planned for us. Our human nature brings in the negative and doubtful thoughts of our worth. God reveals our worth if we take the time to listen and to walk with Him. I love reading Proverbs 31 and pray that God will allow my life to somehow come close to the beauty of “the Proverbs 31 woman”. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”