Book: Proverbs 22
“The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed.”
Back in grade 11 accounting class there was a boy who would consistently arrive late to class. Each time he would have an excuse for being late and would share it with the teacher. Myself and the other students listened each time to hear the story. Some of his stories were incredible and were obviously given more for entertainment sake than being the real reason. This guy was extremely creative. I think the teacher almost looked forward to hearing what his excuse was going to be each morning. The reality was that this student always slept in and therefore arrived late. What he needed to do was arrange his day, maybe even going to bed earlier, so that he could arrive at school on time. Unfortunately, this student also struggled with getting his work done on time as well.
There are many excuses that can be given for not doing what we need and should do. If given enough time, I am sure an excuse could be created for almost any task needing to be done. If the focus is on all the imaginary potential dangers instead of just doing it, nothing will get done. It is true that sometimes people are their own worst enemy because they talk themselves out of doing what they should be doing.
As you look at this proverb, how real is the possibility that a lion is outside your house waiting to kill you? Not real at all. Now is that to say there couldn’t be a loose lion that got away from its owner and is prowling around your city and particularly your street? Anything is possible but extremely unlikely. There is probably the same amount of possibility that a kangaroo is waiting outside your door to fight you. If decisions are based on the rarest of possibilities then the focus is extremely blurred. To much time is being spent thinking up excuses instead of being productive with one’s time. It demonstrates a lack of trust in the Lord.
How much time to you spend making up excuses, and talking yourself out of doing what you know God wants you to do? What would happen if you put that same energy into just doing it. I go back to the example of my class mate in grade 11. If he had spent the time and energy instead of figuring out creative excuses for being late and used it to make sure he was on time for school, he would have done much better.