You know what the most popular day is to start a new project? Tomorrow.
That joke is probably as old as the Bible itself but the point is still valid today.
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest. How long will you lie down, O sluggard ? When will you arise from your sleep ? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest “- Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.
Sloth is sneaky. It creeps up on you when you are resting and ties you down like Lilliputians tying down Gulliver. A body at rest tends to stay at rest according to my science teachers.
Sometimes you have a head of steam going and then something derails you and you never quite get back around to following through. Confession: That’s exactly what happened on this post. I started it days ago, got distracted, and put it off. I was busy but not so much that I couldn’t have written down these thoughts.
Sloth seems at first blush like a victimless crime, but like any sin it has ramifications all around you. There’s no shortage of need for good people to do the Lord’s work – in part because too many good people are on the couch. You aren’t being a good steward of your talents if you are wasting them by watching re-runs all day. You are also robbing yourself of a sense of purpose and accomplishment when you put off projects and tasks.
None of this is to say that rest is not necessary or important. Of course it is. However, finding that right balance of work, rest, and play is important to a well rounded life.
So GET UP! Remember that thing you’ve been telling yourself for months that you’d get to one of these days? Go get started on it. Go to the ant and observe her ways.