"Wisdom Cries Out"

"Wisdom Cries Out"

Get Up and Get Ready

"How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man." (Proverbs 6.9-11)

I am not writing this blog in my pajamas. I got up, got dressed and mentally prepared for the day. What about you?

With all our “free time” at home right now, I’ve seen many people binge watching Netflix, playing games and doing a lot of sitting on the couch. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some down time, we need to be careful not to develop habits of laziness.

The Proverbs repeatedly highlight the long-term effects of laziness (Proverbs 6.9-11; 10.4-5; 12.11; 13.4; 19.15; 20.4; 24.30-34). This has always been true, but especially now: the habits we develop will continue once this crisis is over. Our current situation does not exempt us from the effects of bad choices. How we behave in the coming weeks and months will determine what our future will look like.

Our lives and schedules have been turned upside down in many ways, but that is not an excuse to do nothing. The Bible calls believers to be disciplined and purposeful with their time (Ephesians 5.15-16).

So, especially during this time we need to practice discipline and develop mental toughness. I’m not saying everything is going to be normal... but we still need to set our alarm clocks, get ourselves ready for the day, and do something productive with our time. God expects this, and you need this.

So, go take a shower, put some real pants on and do something today your future self will thank you for.