The Couch Potato

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You have probably heard of a ‘couch potato’ defined as ‘a person who watches a lot of television and does not have an active life’ Mostly, it is used to refer to lazy people. I have been a couch potato many times, especially in the cold season like this: Putting away all the work that need to be done only to spend the whole day watching television, too lazy to even make myself some tea. When such a habit is tolerated for a week, it becomes part of one’s life. You ‘don’t feel like’ cleaning, washing, cooking and taking care of yourself, instead you want to sit and do nothing. When such a person is employed they lag in diligence, they become unproductive, and living with such a person is straining and being such a person is dangerous.

Christians have been accused of being incompetent and unproductive in the name of ‘I was out praying’ ‘I cannot make it to work, I am tired from a night vigil’ or ‘I cannot go for the meeting, I am fasting’ Yet, we are supposed to be on the front line working with all our hearts, not as unto men but as unto the Lord’  No matter how saved we are, God does not want us to be lazy, He commands us to be hard working, fruitful and diligent.

‘Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.’ Proverbs 10:4

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.’ Proverbs 12:11

‘How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.’ Proverbs 6:9-11

‘A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.’ Proverbs 26:15

The above are just few examples of Bible verses on laziness. A Christian who reads the Bible should not tolerate laziness. In fact the phrase ‘lazy Christian’ should not exist. Someone said, ‘Laziness grows on people, it begins in cobwebs and ends in chains’ don’t let it grow on you. Rest is good, but don’t stretch it into laziness. For God to bless the work of your hands, your hands should be doing something. You don’t have to have a job to be hardworking, hard work, just like laziness, starts where you are with what you are.

Today, wake up from the couch and do something. Laziness is dangerous.


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