I remember a skit from the old Hee Haw television show that featured some extremely lazy fellows lying around, barely having enough energy to hold a conversation. One of them says, “There is a very pretty girl coming our way!” Another of them replied, “I sure wish I was facing in that direction!”

Hopefully you aren’t quite that lazy, but many of us have to battle against laziness from time to time. The Proverbs speak a lot about this subject. I got this outline from Bob Russell, who in turn borrowed it from Chuck Swindoll. Here are some characteristics of a lazy person.

  1. He can’t get started in the morning. Prov.19:15 says, “Laziness brings on deep sleep…” A lazy person hits the snooze alarm too often. He is often late for work. She can’t make it to class on time. They are too lazy to get out of bed to come and worship on Sunday morning.
  2. She seldom finishes anything. Prov.12:27 says, “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.” Can you imagine going hunting and then not even cooking what you have brought home? Maybe you can, if you never finish any of the projects you have lying around. Many people have good intentions and good ideas. Fewer people can bring them to fruition because of the work involved to accomplish anything worthwhile.
  3. He is full of excuses. According to Prov.22:13, “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!’” There is no limit to the number of excuses a lazy person can come up with to avoid toiling in the workplace, doing chores at home, tackling school assignments or getting involved in serving in the local church.
  4. She seems to get a lot of bad breaks. Prov.15:19 teaches, “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” The lazy person has a victim’s mentality. Nothing ever seems to go right for them. If their car won’t start, they give up trying to get to that job interview. They quit their job over one small disagreement with the boss. They don’t play for the team because “the coach doesn’t like me”. They refuse to get involved at church because of a string of negative circumstances. Lazy people think that they are unlucky, but they often are simply irresponsible.
  5. He talks a good game. Prov.14:23 warns, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Lazy people have big plans, and they love to talk about what they will accomplish. But like they say, talk is cheap. When it comes time to actually put in the work that is required to accomplish something, the sluggard disappears.
  6. She is full of unrealistic dreams. Prov.28:19 says, “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.” It is perfectly fine to dream big. All great inventions started out as someone’s dream. However, the lazy person’s dreams are no more than unrealistic fantasies that will never come true. They are going to come into a lot of money without working for it. They are going to be a professional athlete or a movie star. They lack common sense. As long as they chase after these fantasies, real opportunities continue to pass them by.
  7. He gets on people’s nerves. Prov.10:26 warns, “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.” Lazy people are very annoying to anyone who has to listen to them, let alone try to work with them. Goof-offs and shirkers leave a bad taste in your mouth; they are irritating to your eyes. Lazy people have a negative impact on the morale of those around them.

If you struggle with laziness, heed the admonition of Prov.6:-8—“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

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