(Proverbs 20:4 KJV) The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
I love this word “sluggard” (6102). Maybe I like it because my wife has never thought to use it on me. I have been lazy. My motivation is often hard to find. Even my eternal salvation has been questioned but I have never been called a sluggard. Give it time.
It must be an issue. The word is used fourteen times in Proverbs. As I look over the ways it is applied I can sometimes see myself but usually not. If I don’t “plow” (2790a) after the leaves fall it isn’t because I am lazy. It is because I am a city boy and it would never occur to me to do such a thing.
How many things are there that I should be doing that never occur to me? This is a serious issue and not just because my wife says so. It can be simple things like saying “Thank you” or more complex like writing a letter to my congressman. It is an area of life that I need to take seriously.
So? It is still early in the year. There are still many opportunities for me to miss. I pray that God will open my eyes and motivate my heart to see the possibilities before me.