Daily D – Proverbs 26:16
Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors. PROVERBS 26:16 (NLT)
Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty.
One of our family’s favorite preachers when I was in college had earned a seminary degree. I likewise planned to attend seminary after college to pursue the Master of Divinity degree. A few well-known pastors I looked up to had earned doctoral degrees as well. Even though I was struggling to master the college courses I was taking, I was dreaming of the possibility of doctoral work one day.
Over roast beef, mashed potatoes, and all the other sides and desserts of a Sunday dinner, I asked the guest preacher if he ever considered working on a doctoral degree. He replied, “All that does is say you know how to write a paper.”
As it turns out, there is a lot more to it than that.
This chapter is full of wise sayings about laziness. The truth is, all of us wrestle with laziness in one area of our lives or another. I like reading about and practicing self-improvement in the area of productivity. A well-known and widely used app is in redevelopment. I was invited to participate in testing the new features and to help decide which new features are the most important.
My Apple News account gathers news about productivity hacks, tips, and tricks every day from a variety of publications. Daily insights sharpen the cutting edge of my abilities. One recent article stopped me dead in my tracks. It said the endless pursuit of perfection in productivity methods is a sign of laziness.
For example, if it takes you longer to set up an app, add all your information to it, and arrange it meticulously, you may be doing nothing but avoiding the real work.
Allow me to paraphrase a friend of mine: “Use the app; don’t let the app use you.”
I may be really smart about apps and productivity, but if I don’t actually do anything, I am lazy. I may feel smarter than a college faculty as The Messagesays, but I am dumber than a rock at actually producing anything meaningful and helpful.
Where do you tend to be overly meticulous? What keeps you in your easy chair rather than completing necessary tasks? It turns out there is more than one kind of laziness. There is sloth and there is the appearance of productivity.
There is a time to sweat every detail, and there is a time to ship the product even if it is not perfect.
I will live a productive and effective life through focused learning and fruitful application.
Our Father, please deliver me from sloth and distraction. Empower me to focus on what matters most. Provide me with the tools and resources I need to accomplish what you place before me. Give me the self-discipline to get on task and stay there. Give me the self-control to flee from the temptation to go too deep in any area that is really a distraction in disguise. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.