SLUGGARD OR SLOG HARD?
If you are too lazy to plow in the right season you will have no food at the harvest. – Proverbs 20 vs 4
This is all about being ready in the right season. We are now in winter and so it’s plowing and soil preparation time for me. If I don’t plow because of laziness or can’t be bothered, then I can’t sow seed in the spring and if I don’t sow seed I won’t have a harvest in the summer and fall. Solomon puts it this way in the book of Ecclesiastes:
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Ecclesiastes 11:4 This is the same thing, it boils down to laziness and procrastination. It’s no good making excuses; if you want to reap a harvest you follow nature’s principles:
Soil preparation, seed sowing, plant nurturing and then harvest! This applies to life, work, family, relationships, Church and especially God. Too many want something for nothing, or they want to be blessed but not to have to use any effort on their own part. They want to reap but without all the basic stuff that goes into that harvest, like blood, sweat and tears, investment, finances and sacrifice. So, what are you doing now to prepare for your harvest then?
Things don’t just happen! If you are waiting for your big break or for your ship to come in you may wait a very long time if you invest nothing first! So, again take the advice of wise Solomon: Be sure to plant a variety of crops, for you never know which will grow-perhaps they all will? Ecclesiastes 11:6 NLT
We clearly see a choice here; Procrastinate or Propagate! As a gardener I can’t procrastinate, I have to choose to propagate! And the reward? Fresh fruit and vegetables to eat in the summer/autumn and frozen glut for the winter. Now apply that to your work, worship, marriage, family, Church etc. In fact everything is based on this principle! I’m not a sluggard because I slog hard. Work gives me purpose and a reason to get up every morning and in my job I’m blessed and can be a blessing too. So, how about you? Sluggard or slog hard? Your choice.
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