Part. 1: You have 2 Options, Laziness or…


Sometimes I just don’t want to do what I am supposed to do. In high school, I had the hardest time paying attention. The slightest movement outside the window would grab my attention and my mind was gone. The desk became my ball and chain and the classroom was a prison. All I wanted was freedom . . . and as the summer drew near, I thought less about finishing school well and more about starting my summer right.


Maybe you know the feeling?  Summer is just around the corner and schools are winding down. Does it really matter if you finish the school season well? I mean, you have done your best for at least 90% of the semester, what does it matter if you slide on by for the last ten percent?


I want to be honest here. I struggle with this mentality a lot.

In reality, it’s laziness. The Proverbs are full of instruction and warnings about laziness, such as:


“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.” – Pro 6:6-8


“Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.” – Pro 10:4-5


“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” – Pro 13:4


Now, let’s take a minute to observe what we can learn from these passages. Here are few observations that I made:


  • If I am lazy, I am to observe the ant
  • The ant is wise and prepares ahead of time for what is coming
  • The ant works during the times it is easy to be lazy
  • He who has a negligent hand is poor (negligent means laxness, slackness, slackening, deceit, treachery)
  • The diligent hand makes rich (diligent means earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity)
  • It is wise to work hard when it is easy to be lazy and it is shameful to be lazy when you should be working
  • The lazy man’s soul desires nothing and he will get nothing
  • The diligent man’s soul will be made rich


So what does this mean?


  • Laziness takes no work
  • Diligence is hard work
  • Laziness will profit your soul nothing
  • Diligence will profit your soul much


Let’s take our observations and interpretations above and apply them to our attitudes about the end of school. You’ve got two options. You can be lazy and gain nothing from your time left at school this semester, OR you can soak in everything, work hard, take exams seriously, and start looking ahead to the fall semester in order to succeed in the future. What will it be?


In Part 2 of this blog, we will look at the heart behind laziness and see why God cares.


Ryan Thomason works with Transform Student Ministries as the product development and events coordinator. He is married to a wonderful woman named Madison.  He has voluntarily served Precept Ministries for close to 10 years before coming on staff full time. He has interned with their media department in 2008 and with the student ministry in 2009. He has lived in Guatemala to learn Spanish.

“I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.” Colossions 1:25-26



The Transform Weekend Series leads students directly into God’s Word to examine different subjects and themes that are relevant to today’s generation.

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