Sometimes the laziest people are the busiest when they spend the lion’s share of their time taking care of themselves. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
There’s an old farmer in the area living in a run down, old clapboard house. Some of the siding has fallen off and the place hasn’t been painted in decades. There’s an old addition on the side of the house that was never finished, so it’s now the tarpaper end of the house. By all standards, other than the old farmer’s, the house is an eyesore. He’s also a hoarder. Prior to a town order forcing him to clean up the mess, the house and the dilapidated old barn nearby was surrounded by a hoard of rusty old farm equipment. There was also a derelict car and truck in the mix. Piles of wood, assorted trash, and a few unidentified pieces of junk highlighted it all. For a time he even tied up an old donkey in the midst of it all. When forced by the town to clean up or else, he busied himself for months building a large steel shed as well as another addition to the house (unfinished) into which he crammed all of the junk from the property–donkey excepted as it found a new home. With the exception of the derelict vehicles however, he kept possession of all the trash. His laziness created the mess and his busyness did little to alleviate it. In the end he succeeded it keeping his status as the laziest neighbor on that stretch of highway despite his willingness to stay busy hiding the mess.
Sometimes the laziest people are the busiest when they spend the lion’s share of their time taking care of themselves.
Here’s a story. “An example of imagination spurred on by outright lethargy is contained in the story of an old mountaineer and his wife who were sitting in front of the fireplace one evening just whiling away the time. After a long silence, the wife said: ‘Jed, I think it’s raining. Get up and go outside and see.’ The old mountaineer continued to gaze into the fire for a second, sighed, then said, ‘Aw, Ma, why don’t we just call in the dog and see if he’s wet.’” (Unknown).
Sheer laziness has probably been responsible for more shortcuts, not to mention valuable inventions, than we’re ready to admit. Most of us are continually on the lookout, at least subconsciously, for easier ways to perform onerous or routine tasks. That old farmer who was told by the town to clean up his property knew he had only two choices: he could comply and remove the trash, vehicles and the donkey on his own or he could ignore the order and let the town do it for him. In the former instance the cost would be his pride and the delight he had in irritating his neighbors; in the latter he would get a bill from the town for the cleanup work and disposal. He opted for a shortcut to save pride and the ability to irritate his neighbors; as he busied himself hiding the trash in a new shed and an addition to his house. Inventive to say the least. And to make his point he installed a picture window in the addition to clearly demonstrate where the trash had gone.
When we spend our lives worrying about us, inventing new ways to make sure that we’re taken care of and there’s little doubt that we’ve covered all the bases, financially and personally, that loom in the future, we’re really not being spiritually industrious from the Lord’s point of view. Rather, we’re just keeping ourselves busy being spiritually lazy. Trusting in the Lord is hard work and will keep your busy for a lifetime. Don’t hoard that trust to yourself. That’s just lazy.
We pray. Thank you Lord for investing in our long term spiritual care. Sometimes, Lord, in an effort to be spiritually industrious, we hoard that trust to ourselves and strive to make our own future when you have promised all along that it was not our concern or right to do so. Forgive us when we keep ourselves busy trying to do it ourselves, making us the laziest Christians on this stretch of the spiritual highway of life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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