A Lazy Bum

“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Being called “a lazy bum” or “couch potato” has quite a negative connotation, but I have to admit that’s what my flesh is drawn to. I find it takes a conscious choice and serious effort to be productive and active. I feel like I’m waging war against my flesh daily to do what I know must be done.

Sadly, I know I am not alone. Over the years, we have received many emails from moms who have lazy husbands. They usually weren’t complaining but seeking encouragement on how to be a helpmeet to a husband without nagging. I have come to wonder if laziness isn’t pandemic these days. Twenty years ago, I used to see far more men out early exercising before work than women. Nowadays the ratio seems to have flipped, and I see far more women out than men.

May we each examine ourselves. Are we lazy? Are we more inclined to sit around than tackle projects that need to be done or do something active with our family? Do we seek entertainment or do we seek challenges? My observation is that most people admire those who have the discipline to accomplish things, but do we realize that maybe they aren’t naturally like that? Maybe they are choosing to go against their flesh and do things that need to be done. Choice is a beautiful thing when we exercise the right one!

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).