Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
I have been accused of being lazy. When I am in certain moods I will agree. Other times I don’t. Most of the times I am accused of sloth it is because I am not joyful over some task my wife has given me. The accusation is just a way of manipulation. I am not accused of being lazy when I get up at 5:00 A.M. daily to go to work. It is usually when I am in no hurry to empty the trash.
There is a difference between refusing to do a job and not wanting to do a job. Neither one is necessarily “slothfulness” (laziness NASB) (6103) because there could be rational reasons for both positions. Refusing to wash the car when it is starting to rain is not sloth. Not wanting to wash the cat is not laziness.
So how do I know the difference. One indication is having an attitude toward life that dulls your senses. Consider watching TV. At the end of a hard day it may be a healthy relaxation to sit down and watch a program. No, you are not changing the world, but you might be recharging your batteries. At the same time the internet tells me that the average time for adults to watch TV is around five hours a day. Is it any wonder that people are bored with life? Could it have anything to do with a population that is increasingly ignorant.
So? I don’t watch TV. That is why I picked it. The same could be said for surfing the web or reading vapid novels. We need to avoid activities that dull our sensitivity to what is really important. Check out your own day.