A recurring theme in the book of Proverbs is slothfulness and its negative outcomes. Another word for slothfulness is laziness. I will use laziness instead of slothful because it is a word that we are more familiar with.
Laziness and discipline are opposites. They are mortal enemies. Lazy people want the rewards that discipline brings but they are not willing to do what it takes. Lazy people know what to do but they aren’t motivated to put in the work.
Laziness’ best friend is idleness. Being idle will keep you from performing at your highest level of capacity. Idleness is NOT your friend.
Discipline is your friend because it will cause you to focus on the future. You will become aware of what is needed to keep you producing at your highest level. It causes you to think forward and not backwards, ahead and not behind. Discipline allows you to excel in what the future holds for you.
Many times Christian entrepreneurs believe that their faith replaces their sweat equity but it doesn’t. Here are three scriptures that warn against being slothful, a sluggard and idle.
- slothful (lazy):
Proverbs 21:25 – The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
2. sluggard (a habitual lazy person):
Proverbs 20:4 – The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
3. idle (not active):
Proverbs 19:15 – Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Now after reading all of this it should be easier for you to understand how discipline is your friend. When you know what is NOT good for you, then you are able to exclude them from your list of options. Your awareness has been raised and enlightened.
Today add discipline to your options! It begins in your mind, it is a mindset. When God began to deal with me about discipline in the end of 2015, I focused on two areas in my life: my business and my spiritual development.
I started off slow by spending small increments of time focusing on each area. I would spend two dedicated hours five days a week working on my business, this caused me to be prepared for upcoming opportunities.
I heard a singer say one time that the worst feeling is when the door of opportunity is opened to you but you are not prepared.
I dedicated an hour a day to build up my spirit by watching YouTube videos on my “watch later” list that were spiritually edifying for me. I did this in addition to my prayer time, personal Bible study and church services. Discipline will cause you to do more with the time that you have.
There have been soo many opportunities that I have been able to take advantage of in 2016 (and this is only January) because I started disciplining myself a few months ago! Discipline is your friend because it has rewards. You are prepared when opportunities present themselves, you don’t have to scramble to put things together.
So I end by saying again, Discipline Is Your Friend.
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