Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. — Proverbs 20:4
The Reverend Ben Patterson once said, “Hope delivers us from the despair that nothing we do matters, and enables us to tackle even the most menial job with vigor.” He goes on to share an illustration from World War ll…
And old mountaineer and his wife were sitting in front of the fireplace one evening just passing the time. Soon, they heard what they thought were raindrops falling on the roof of their small house. So after a few minutes, the wife said, “Jed, I think it’s raining. Go outside and see.”
The old man continued to gaze into the fire for a brief moment, sighed, and said, “Why don’t we just call in the dog and see if he’s wet.”
There’s no doubt that, just like that farmer, there are those days when you just don’t feel like doing much. But the problem with so many today is that one day turns to two, then a week, then months go by and you’re still just calling in the dog to see if it’s raining outside!
Now there are different reasons for being “sluggish”. Some of involve your physical or emotional state. Yet all too often, sluggishness is simply an indication of laziness, which the Bible says will have a negative impact on your life.
So if you find yourself having feelings of sluggishness, first, figure out why. Is it because you’re having physical problems? Are you dealing emotions, like depression, that affect your desire to be active? Or, have you perhaps just become a little lazy? Whatever it is, find ways to stay active. Not only will you be healthier, but you’ll also find greater fulfillment in life!
Pray that God would help you find ways to stay active and find greater fulfillment in life!
Questions for thought
Think about what energizes you. What can you do to cultivate a healthier lifestyle that gives you more zeal for life?
Think about what drains you. Are there things in life you need to abstain from or minimize in order to improve your energy level?