Hidden Nuggets #19 – “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.” – Proverbs 24:33-34
Robbers are all of a sudden a common topic for my 5-yr. old son. Several weeks ago his well-intentioned 7-yr. old sister informed him that there are people who sometimes come and steal little children away. She’s trying to help him be wary of strangers.
Now all the shadows in his room at night have him worried. A little bit of fear has crept into his mind. He is realizing, perhaps for the first time, the world is not altogether safe and he’s worried about being separated from his family.
However, in his unsettled frame of mind, he is forgetting all the elements we have put in place at our house for his protection. Dead bolt locks on the doors. The monitored security system. Two skeptical dogs that bark at ANYTHING! An equalizer locked in the gun safe.
We’ve taken measures at our home to protect ourselves from thieves. We have also taken measures in our personal lives to protect ourselves from ever experiencing poverty. That’s a place we never plan to go, mostly because we are not letting ourselves become vulnerable to it.
How so? By working hard.
In Proverbs 24, the Bible says that poverty and need can creep upon you like a prowler or an armed man. It’s sneaky, unexpected, and even deadly. It’s so subtle, you may not see it coming until it’s too late. And those who are most vulnerable are the lazy.
Know anybody that sleeps away the day? Or a 20-something college dropout still living at home, lighting up the X-box all day long? Anyone in your circle addicted to Instagram instead of searching the want ads?
Our bodies do need rest to rejuvenate and I’m not against forms of entertainment. In fact, later today I’ll watch some TV with my kids, then crawl into my Sleep Number bed and enjoy a restful night. But that will be after a long day of hard work. I haven’t been lying in my bed all day doing nothing.
Laziness is an emotional disease. It shatters people’s hopes and dreams. It robs them of success. And when that happens, poverty is stalking them just around the corner. So don’t complain to me about not having any money because you can’t break away from streaming movies on Netflix.
There is a solution for your money woes and it’s not sitting on the couch. It’s called work.
Do you get frustrated when you hear people complain about money and you know it’s because of laziness? Was there ever a time in your life when laziness got the best of you? How do you combat laziness? Image at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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