Best Practices Devotional: Friday, August 17, 2012

Proverbs talks about the sluggard. To prepare for this weekend, read Rob Bohnenstengel’s specific reflections below:

A mantra you would most likely hear from a professional procrastinator would be, “I’m waiting for when the time is right to attend Procrastinator’s Anonymous.” Well, maybe it wouldn’t be put that way. I mean, who has ever heard of a professional procrastinator? 

I once said words like this to joke about not having completed a research paper due at the end of the week. My mantra was, “I do my best work when I am under pressure.” In today’s terms, we would not use the word sluggard as does the book of Proverbs. Who goes around and calls others a sluggard?

Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” In my opinion, ants are the most fascinating insect. They do not get discouraged, distracted or diverged from their goals, even if an obstacle is placed before them. I know. I have tried to stop them. 

The wisdom we can learn from this chapter is that there is better outcome in life if we remain diligent to the things placed before us. The sluggard would rather wait and receive a reward; however, his reward is a forever wanting. Proverbs 13:4 says it this way, “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled…”  This wanting then becomes the obstacles of discouragement, distraction and divergence that he does not have the passion to overcome.

Proverbs talks about the sluggard – one who is given to the easiest path or the way of least resistance. Where do you see a sluggard in yourself?

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