Work Ethic

I am a lazy person. This is something I have had issues with for a long time. It is easier to not do things than to do things. To the point that some times I would rather sit and watch TV instead of playing video games. TV uses less brain power than video games. It’s also the same reason I put my dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher right beside it. Or the reason that I don’t fold my clothes after washing them. As you can likely tell this is an issue. This is part of the reason why I am forcing myself to go to the gym in the mornings. I am training myself to have a better work ethic and more will power. I am currently not good at forcing myself out of bed, so by forcing myself to get up I am training myself to have to a better will power and hopefully the push I need to do things, especially the simple things.

This battle with laziness can slide into our spiritual lives too. For example, It takes me three-five minutes to read a chapter of my daily reading plan. But some days I just won’t do it because not doing things is easier than doing things. The issue with this is that by skipping something so simple in your life, it can make such a severe impact. Over the last year reading every day or daily devotions is something I have been putting off, because “I can always do it tomorrow.” The shift in my attitude is major when I put this off, and not in a good way. Over the last ten days I have been working on a year long reading plan. It is crazy the difference I notice in my mind set, my ability to resist temptation, or just in something as simple as getting up in the morning, or my willingness to do chores.

Col 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Now I am using this verse a touch out of it’s context. It is talking about bond servants working for their masters. But I think we can pull some more out of it other than just that. The concepts it is using is sound in most settings. When we live our lives we need to do our daily chores, our gym sessions, our daily Bible readings/Devotions for God. Not out of a sense of obligation, but out of a attitude of love for God. We need to live in every way to glorify God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Sure it might be hard to figure out how to do chores or go to the gym in the mornings for God. But I think it is possible. By committing to it and using that time wisely you can use gym sessions to encourage someone by bringing them, or while working/chores to also pray. Just some ideas, I am sure the list can be longer.

Anyways here are two more verses to look at about the subject:
1 Corinthians 6:20 “For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Till next time,
Nolan

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