(Proverbs 19:24 KJV) A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
The “slothful man” (sluggard NASB) (6102) waits for others to serve him. This is the perfect summary of how a lazy man operates. Here he is too lazy to even feed himself.
One of the standing jokes in our family is how our son, the first born, tried to train his sister to be his minion. For awhile he was successful. She is getting over it. Where did he learn this pattern? I have observed it for years in the syndrome which is demonstrated by the entire family sitting with almost empty cups waiting for someone to get up for a refill. Then it becomes, “Since you are going anyway...” I call it the Who Needs a Refill game. It gets amusing watching everyone sit there with empty cups and afraid to be the first one to move to get a refill.
It is also sad.
I don’t think I am guilty of this particular sluggard behavior, at least in the cup issue. I may be in other areas such as every day requirements as putting dishes in the dish washer.
So? Be alert for ways in which you assume others will serve you. I know I have a bevy of opportunities to improve. It will probably make me easier to live with too.