Monday, December 3, 2012

Warning Against Being Idle

I know everyone struggles with different issues.

I tend to struggle with the complete opposite of this, which isn’t any worse or better. It’s not about comparing to others; just focusing on improving your own weaknesses and walk. I often let myself get so busy that my priorities get out of order and I don’t spend quiet time with the Lord the way I should because I am so focused on my to-do lists and accomplishing tasks.  I’ve written a few posts about that too, as I know it isn’t pleasing to the Lord.  My life feels like chaos when I allow this to happen, and I’m sure lots of women can relate.

However, in our study of the high calling of women, I noticed that the issue of idleness was addressed often too, and I believe this is something many women (and men) struggle with as well. We specifically studied the Scriptures in Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, but there are lots of other warnings about being idle.

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don't follow the tradition they received from us.” –2 Thessalonians 3:6

Proverbs also mentions the importance of being a hard worker and not being lazy, but I specifically how Proverbs 31 describes a noble wife and mother.

The issue with being idle is that idleness leads to so many other sins…

I’ve heard it said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground, and I truly believe this because I have seen it. Women who are idle tend to become accusatory, focusing on others’ shortcomings and blaming others. They become gossips, creating drama in relationships, families, and churches. Their mind wanders and they become tempted to do things that are not pleasing to the Lord- whether it’s watching inappropriate television shows, reading inappropriate books, or indulging in inappropriate relationships. This leads to strife in their own lives and causes strife in others as well.

It takes discipline to avoid becoming idle. A focused heart.


But it is so worth the effort, the energy, and the work. Idleness leads to lots of misery for everyone involved…


Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

Great post! :-) I TOTALLY struggle with the opposite of idleness. . . not being able to say no! :-) Hope you are feeling well! :-)

Amber said...

Such a strong message - love that quote at the end. I'd love you to stop by and link up for Motivational Monday with me sometime

Amanda @ The Barstows: Our Little House on the {West Texas} Prairie said...

This is so true, thank you for the words of wisdom. Just came across your site and started following, congrats on the pregnancy, my husband and I had our first baby in May, being a parent is a wonderful blessing!

Shannon said...

I love this. The Lord has me on a journey of learning to live a disciplined life, and what that looks like in each area. This was just another tool for Him to speak to my heart, thanks!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Great post... I know I need to keep myself busy but.... Telivision can be so fun. Ha