Rationalizing Laziness

“I can’t believe I married such a lazy bum” exclaimed Bob’s wife as he began watching the fourth hour of TV. To which bob replied, “I’m not being lazy, I’m just energy efficient.”

In reality, Bob, like most lazy people, didn’t think he was lazy. He had found clever ways to rationalize his behavior. Almost no one thinks of themselves as a lazy person. That’s because laziness is one of the easiest character weaknesses to rationalize. The proverbs give an example of this in chapter 22 where it states, the lazy man says “there is a lion outside, I’ll be slain in the streets if I go out there”. That is a picture of a lazy man using his energies to rationalize his own laziness.

Nearly all of us are lazy to some degree in some situations. By identifying where and when you are tempted to laziness, you can expose the rationalizations you use to continue that laziness. You really can become energy efficient not by being lazy, but by redeeming the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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