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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Sin of Idleness

Rules for Rearing Children - 2
“By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.” Ecclesiastes 10:18



Charles Spurgeon once said, "Idle people tempt the devil to tempt them." My dad said often, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." Jesus asked the powerful question, " Why stand ye here all the day idle?" I gather then that idleness is to be avoided. In fact, I realize that idleness does not only lead to sin, but idleness is sin.

I moved to the south in 2000, and soon came to realize that one major difference it had from the west was there is very small changes in the seasons. Out west summer was hot and dry, fall was cool and crisp, winter was deathly cold, and spring time couldn't get here quick enough. The seasonal changes were so sharp out there that if one did not prepare properly for the upcoming season they would be in trouble. Summertime was spent prepping for winter, and winter was spent prepping for spring. If pipes were not covered, and sprinklers drained you could count on busted pipes, even in the house. If you weren't ready to plant when springtime came then you would miss the growing season. There was no room for error when it came time for seasonal changes. You either had firewood or you didn't. You either had a garden or you didn't. You either had your house winterized or you didn't. Here in the south land, we aren't as strictly regulated by seasonal changes. In fact, there is some leeway in planting and preparing for winter, and that bit of leeway can lend to some not preparing until last minute.

I think this translates well to the seasonal changes we go through in life. If you are not properly prepared for the obvious changes that come in life, you can be caught terribly off-guard. Many people suffer in one stage of life because they were not preparing properly during another stage of life. We dare not get lulled into a false sense of security, or a false sense of time. We must not get idle during the stage of life we are in, and not make the necessary preparation for the next season of life.

Let me clarify. As we raise our children it is easy to lose sight of the season when they will be grown and gone. We can grow accustomed to having children with us, and yet lose sight of why they are with us, and then when they are grown and gone we realize that we didn't prepare them or ourselves for this seasonal change. We must be looking ahead in every stage of life and making preparations for the next. That is called living on purpose. When we live on purpose we don't have time to let life idly pass us by.

Keep these thoughts in mind:
1. Live every day like you will have to face the consequences tomorrow.
2. Live with a definite plan.
3. Don't kill time. (as though you could do so without injuring eternity)
4. Live on purpose.

Study Verses: Proverbs 12:24,27; 19:15; 31:27; Eccl 10:18; Ezk 16:49

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Previous devotions

"Remembered" - May 23, 2012
"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012