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Laziness vs. Relaxation

One of the best feelings is waking up on a Saturday morning with nothing on the schedule. Our lives can be so busy that a lazy Saturday is welcomed from time to time. Even in the Old Testament, a day was set aside each week for rest and relaxation.

As we read Proverbs 13:4, it's important to remember that although resting holds value, laziness is something to be cautious of. Laziness sets in when we neglect the responsibilities God has given us and become poor stewards of the time and money He graciously provides.

Although some people have more ambitious personalities and goals than others, we all have certain duties to attend to responsibly. You may never have a six figure income or have many people looking to you daily for guidance and direction. However, working diligently and showing respect for those around you will provide more than just financial blessing. The emotional and mental peace of knowing you're doing the best you can with what the Lord has provided is priceless. "In whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Colossians 3:23).

Reflect:

  • What is the difference between a time of rest and a lazy lifestyle?
  • What is one responsibility you can begin to take more seriously?
  • If you have negative feelings about a job or school situation, what is one thing you can do to help change your perspective?

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