Book: Proverbs 10
“Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.”
Growing up, our families’ summer months were spent at our cabin on the beach. Many evenings we would sit around a campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and enjoying the great outdoors. But it seemed as though the smoke from the fire always came towards me. If I moved across to the other side the smoke seemed to follow me. Many times my eyes watered from the irritating smoke and I had to back away from the circle of logs.
Recently I was talking with an employer who mentioned about a past employee who lacked pride in his job. He would always just do the bare minimum amount of work. If he was assigned a task he would do it and then sit and wait until someone gave him something else to do. He would not take the initiative to either communicate he had finished his assignment or start on other work that needed to be done. All the other employees would be working hard but he just sat and watched them. Needless to say this was difficult for both the other employees and the employer. He was a nice guy and easy to talk to but did not want to do any more than he had to. It is not surprising he did not last in the job. His work ethic, or lack of one, was a constant issue for his boss and fellow workers.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Paul describes our work as being done for the King therefore we ought to do our very best. There is not any place for laziness in the Kingdom of God. Our King is not lazy, as He is always watching over His creation and holding it all together. I am glad for this truth and that He guides us along the best pathway with His protecting hands.
Whatever you find your hands (mind) to do this day in the form of work, remember that you are doing it for your King so do it well without even a hint of laziness!