One of my favorite takeaways from church is that I always end up leaving feeling like my cup was filled. This week, we were talking about the remedy for overcoming sloth. Our pastor gave some great examples including the sloth in Zootopia, Sid in Ice Age, and how people often mistake the term sloth for not working but sloth is really when you have no purpose.
Kathleen Norris has a wonderful definition:
“People don’t think of sloth as a sin because we associate it with physical laziness–who cares if you make your bed? But that’s just the beginning. Ancient sloth incorporates a spiritual side and that’s a nasty situation. Acedia is the root of a lot of bad things because of its ability to nourish other vices.”
We have so many routines in life. What time we wake up, what we do after we roll out of bed, our routine before bed, the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, we get bored easily so following routines isn’t always as easy as it should be, even when it is a great routine like reading our Bible or growing our spirituality!
When looking at if we have purpose, one question to ask is, “Am I working hard on the right things”? If you aren’t sure think of it this way: are you saying yes to the right things and no to the wrong things? Are you saying yes to bake sales and hate to bake? Do you feel guilty so you say yes even though it’s something that you don’t want to do? Have any of these become distractions to keep you from pursuing the most important things?
No matter what you might be being slothful about, diligence is the answer! Overcoming sloth to live your best life by through careful and persistent work. The key to diligence is establishing routines!
When we repeatedly do something whether it’s good or bad, it shapes us. When we don’t read our Bible, that shapes us. When we do read our Bible, that shapes us as well!
Even the homeless try to establish some type of routine whether it’s finding food in the same place or sleeping in the same place.
You can establish your routine and keep it going through prayer, loving others, and serving others.
What are you doing to pursue the things that should be a “yes”? What are you spending your time on that is a distraction from those “yes” things. How are you overcoming sloth in your life to live your best life?
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I loved playing softball so that was definitely at the top of my summer to-do’s every year but one of my favorite things to do was to go to my Grandma’s while my dad irrigated the crops. Lots of special memories were made there!
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