The other morning I went out on a walk with my mother. When we finished and it was time to come home, one of my statements in the goodbye process was, “Oh and I should get the watermelon cut up before the house keeper comes at lunch.” I didn’t think twice about that statement until later when I was actually cutting it up.
We are fortunate enough to be able to hire someone to come do the heavy cleaning in our home once a month. It allows me to spend my weekends with my family instead of cleaning. And, we are the family that cleans for the house keeper. Let me qualify that statement though; we just pick up.
So, as I stood at the counter cutting up the watermelon, thankful that it looked and smelled like a great one, I paused and looked at the mess around me and thought about what I had said to my mother earlier.
Did I really plan to leave the entire mess for the house keeper? No. I threw away the rind, put the dishes in the dishwasher, and wiped the counter down, but I didn’t scrub the counter to be sure the sticky residue was gone.
I knew the housekeeper was coming.
“Oh Shelly,” I thought, “I don’t like where this thought process is going.”
While I understand that I pay her to clean, that doesn’t mean I’m supposed add to her job. It doesn’t mean I should just leave the mess. It doesn’t excuse laziness.
It comes down to this: Who am I serving, myself or others?
Expecting someone else to do what I know I should really boils down to laziness. Laziness is the ultimate form of self-service (Tweet This). Laziness thinks only of itself and never of others. And, it so surreptitiously slithers its way into our lives.
How many times do we pass by someone who’s hungry with the attitude that someone else will feed them? How many times do we fail to participate in God’s economy because others are giving enough that God doesn’t need us, our time, or our money? How many times do we fail to smile, fail to stop and listen, fail to pray, fail to be the hands and feet of Jesus because of this sneaky little attitude? How often are we lazy Christians?
Many are truly faithful in the big things. They serve their church, they serve others, and they give of their time talents and resources. But, what I was being convicted of was this:
“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (Luke 16:10 NLT)
It’s important to capture and evaluate our thoughts with this in mind. Character is only built when we can honestly answer why our thoughts were conceived in the first place.
The character I desire is selflessness. So, while this may seem an exaggerated example, my desire is to be found faithful in all things and even, maybe most importantly, the small things. This means working extra hard to exterminate the lazy from my life.
Oh and by the way, you’ll love this. Five minutes later, while combing my daughter’s hair I hear, “Mom, are you okay? Your hand’s bleeding.” I looked down to find the watermelon slicer had bitten me in two places and I laughed at the irony of it.
How does laziness sneak it’s way into your life? Have you ever been “bit” by it? In what ways do you evaluate your thoughts and where they came from? I’d love to hear from you!