|Posted on July 17, 2019 at 9:50 AM|
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16
I tripped yesterday. The sin that so easily trips me up is wasted time. Yesterday started great, I got up early took my sister to work, came home about the time I would have usually have awaken on my own. I read my devotionals, shared them with H and even blogged right after. I was done just in time to wake my son for the day and start him off with a teaching instead of Instagram and Snapchat. The Word before the world I like to call it.
After the teaching we straightened the room. He got ready for the day while I tided up the house. He helped me fill the dog food bowls, vacuum behind the TV (a first of month chore I was 17 days behind on) I cleaned the bathroom while he swept the floors. Then I got ready for the day, read my gratitude and sang praise. We went on errands. I showed him how to get postage at the post office kiosk so I could send him in alone in the future. We went grocery shopping then home and unloaded the groceries than out again for lunch. By the time we got back it was 1pm. A full productive morning that began at 5am for me but when we sat down to eat that is when I tripped.
We finished watching a movie we were watching the night before on Netflix. After lunch I was full and gave myself permission to watch another movie. And another. Then I switched to another movie site and I watched another move by this time it was 6pm. I had spent the last 5 hours on the floor or on the couch watching movies till 6pm. As if that weren’t enough I started watching TV while I waited to pick up my sister. An entire day wasted.
I could have written to family and a friend in prison. I could have completed a bible study workbook. I could have walked on the treadmill while watching movies. I could have light dusted the room. I could have pulled weeds. I could have washed the towels. Made dinner. Something anything really. But instead I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Like my dogs that lay under the couch I choose to lay or sit all day long. This is the sin that so easily trips me up Hebrews 12:1 living a life of idleness.
Being idle or lazy is not listed on the 10 commandments written in stone but it written on my heart as a way of life that God is not pleased with. 7 mentions of the Word idle appear in the following verses:
Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry. Proverbs 19:15
Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin. Ecclesiastes 4:5
Laziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house. Ecclesiastes 10:18
I tell you this, you must give an account on judgement day for every idle word you speak. Matthew 12:36
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-7
Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. 2 Thessalonians 3:11
I woke up this morning so to me that means God has given me another chance to try again. To do what is right. To not live an idle life. Word before the world I think to myself. Serve others before I serve myself. I may not have to punch a clock to keep track of work in my time but I am held accountable to the way I spend my time and today is the start of a new day. God give me the strength not to live an idle life.
I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. 1 Corinthians 7:35