Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lazy Summer Days Ahead!!

Tomorrow is the last day of school!!  I work from home and my husband is home a lot also.  The summer can be a time when we all get to spend days together.  At the park, at the pool, not necessarily working hard. 

Some folks I know lean towards being classified as a work-a-holic.  You could never put me in that category!  I ere on the side of lazy.  Sleep is one of my dearest friends.  And lounging can quickly steal hours from my day.  So to combat the tendency to sit like a bump on a log for days, weeks, months during the summer...


So I did a quick google search on what the Bible has to say about laziness.  Wow.  I found some good tips!  I've got a lot to say on these and you'll hear more about each in the blog posts ahead.  But for now here is the list that I'll be working from:

Be Happy and Thankful

Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

 16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5

Do Not Fear

13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
A fierce lion is in the streets!” Proverbs 26:13

Avoid Perfectionism and Accept Uncertainty

6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let not your hands be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:6

Prepare Your Tools

27 Finish your outdoor work
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house. Proverbs 24:27

Avoid Heavy Meals and Drowsiness

21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Proverbs 23:21

Wake Up with The Sunlight

19He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.
The young lions roar after their prey
And seek their food from God.
When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.  Psalm 104:19-23

Observe and Emulate

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!

7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,

8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?

10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest-

11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man. [a] Proverbs 6:6-10

Go Hungry

10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” 11We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-11
26 The laborer’s appetite works for him;
his hunger drives him on.  Proverbs 16:26

Move Your Body

12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether he eats little or much,
but the abundance of a rich man
permits him no sleep.  Ecclesiastes 5:12

Avoid Idle Chatter

23 In all labor there is profit,
But idle chatter[a]leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

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