Book: Proverbs 26
“The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a lion on the road! Yes I am sure there’s a lion out there!”
Crying wolf comes from the children’s story about a child who is given the responsibility to look after the community’s animals up in the meadow. He is told by the town’s people to sound the alarm if he sees a wolf or if the animals are in danger. The problem is that child keeps sounding the alarm when there is no danger. Finally the town’s people ignore the next alarm when the wolf actually appears.
Crying lion is similar in that there is no lion. The lazy person keeps on making excuses for not working. They always have a reason for not working. When evaluating the excuses and reasons given one quickly realizes that the person is using them to justify their wrong behaviour. Eventually people get tired of their excuses and ignore them. To some extent this is what they want.
2Thessalonians 3:10-13 speaks into this situation when it says, “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: ‘Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.’ Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.” One of the ways to help a person who is lazy is to not provide resources to them. Eventually the hunger in their stomachs will turn them back to being productive citizens. Note these are people who have the capability and opportunity to work but choose not to work.
Many of the members of the Royal family could use the excuse that they don’t need to work because they have enough money to support themselves. Instead they use their position to be an example for others. Some have served in the navy and military while others are busy involved in non-profit organizations promoting positive causes.
Each of us needs to examine our lives and see if there are any “lions on our road” that need to be called what they are, excuses.