Me—A Slacker?

Jeff Rasche

You might be a slacker if . . .

  • You have a red S on the front of your shirt, and you thought it stood for Superman or Superwoman.
  • You love work; you could watch it all day.
  • Your best skill is sleeping in.
  • You got a new pencil and notebook in elementary school, and you are still using them.
  • You are a team player. The rest of the teams works; you play.
  • People accuse you of studying too much; then they burst out laughing.
  • You have bribed your brother or sister to do your chores.
  • The cleanest part of your room is the bottom of your trash can, and your laundry basket is the one spot not covered with dirty clothes.
  • You give 100 percent to your friends–100 percent of the work and responsibility.
  • There is a permanent dip in the couch where you sit to watch TV.
  • In college, you plan to major in “How to Delegate Jobs to Other People.”
  • On the team, the coach put you in charge of making sure all the benchwarmers feel welcome.
  • Whenever you get all pumped up and motivated to do something, you have to take a nap to rest up before you do it.
  • Your favorite phrases are “someday,” “eventually,” “in a minute,” “hold on,” and “when I get the chance.”
  • When someone gives a speech about the perils of laziness–how not to be “the weakest link” — you feel as if everyone is looking at YOU!


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Read Proverbs 24:30-34 (GNT):
“I walked through the fields and vineyards of a lazy, stupid person. They were full of thorn bushes and overgrown with weeds. The stone wall around them had fallen down. I looked at this, thought about it, and learned a lesson from it: Go ahead and take your nap; go ahead and sleep. Fold your hands and rest awhile, but while you are asleep, poverty will attack you like an armed robber.”

The same is true about faith. If we don’t put some effort into our relationship with God, the result will be poverty of faith.

The season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a time for preparing ourselves to experience the death and resurrection of Christ and to receive God’s gift of new life. It’s a good time to cultivate our relationship with God.

Think about what God expects of you. Make a list; then examine your life. If you’ve been a slacker—and most of us are—choose one or two items from your list to work on. During Lent, plan to do a little more of what God expects of you.

Jeff Rasche is a hard worker—and an occasional slacker—in Camp Point, Illinois.

—from devozine (March/April 2006). Copyright © 2006 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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