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Challenge the Idol of Ease

July 24, 2007

Proverbs 6:6-11:

 6:Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

Our culture values ease.  As Americans, we spend a lot of money on relaxation.  While most cultures have utilized a work week with one day off, Americans insist on two.  I think past cultures would be amused at the sheer amount of effort we put into avoiding work.  We’ll spend more time and effort on doing something if we think it will deliver us from doing more work.

One of the prime examples of this drive is looking at how we have built machines to do all the hard work for us.  Now, I’m not going to be a Luddite here: I love technology.   I am thankful for the advances that it brings.  However, we have shifted as a culture from wanting efficiency (a good thing in most cases) to just wanting ease.  Our forefathers knew basic math and spelling much better than we do.  This is because it is easier to let the computers and calculators correct our mistakes, so we do not really bother to learn how to properly do these things.

I find it very easy to do the bare minimum of work required.  It is easy to put up my feet, get lost in reading useless websites, and get nothing of substance done.  I do no reading of Scripture or of good books, no meditation on Scripture, basically I just “veg out” instead of doing something useful.  It is so easy to get complacent and lazy.  As Proverbs says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise.”  I should live like the ant, who, with no prompting whatsoever, is always busy doing useful work.  This is yet another idol that is pervasive in America, and I need to work hard to challenge and defeat it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 24, 2007 7:40 pm

    Now this is a little more like it!

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