"Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor." Proverbs 12:24
Elephant in the room, part deux. (Photo credit: Cody Simms)
Laziness is defined in my dictionary as resistant to work or exertion; disposed to idleness. I think lazines is the elephant in the room that I don't want to talk about. I would bristle if anyone suggested that I, a stay-at-home-mom and homeschooler, might be guilty of it. The truth is, though, that I am guilty of it, and many times.
This is how I define laziness: When I pick up a paperback instead of folding clothes two days in a row, or when I turn the TV on instead of starting supper which results in a less-than-healthy meal, or when I put off checking math with my youngest, because I don't enjoy it. The delay makes it harder for him to keep the new concepts in his head.
In other words, laziness is not necessary rest or reading to relax, but ignoring or delaying tasks that must be done and by not doing them creating negative consequences. Procrastination is probably the precursor to laziness, but let's not talk about procrastination yet...
I want our home school to be pleasing to You, and I know that unconfessed sin is a wall between us. I open my heart and mind to You. Forgive me for the laziness You find there. Help me discern which of my attitudes and actions or lack of action is founded in this sin. Help me confess it. When I see it in my kids, I ask for tact and love in helping them see it themselves. Thank you, Lord, for cleansing every dank corner of my life. Thank you. Amen.
Final Thought: It's hard to move around in a room full of elephants. Get rid of them.