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posted: 8/6/2014 10:51 AM

Laziness can creep in and destroy us

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By Annettee Budzban

"He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is destroyed …"

-- Proverbs 18:9 (AMP)

My husband was tired of taking time to blend up his daily vitamins, so he stopped taking them for a while.

When he started losing some of his vigor, he realized that taking his vitamins was a vital component in keeping his energy level up. He faced the fact that he had been lax in mixing the ingredients each day and it was destroying his desire to complete his tasks.

After identifying that this was the root of the problem, he quickly decided to get back into the routine. Within days his energy level was rising.

Have you ever realized laziness destroys us?

It comes to steal our motivation and ruin our lives. I'm not talking about the normal rest and relaxation we need to recuperate and energize us. But the lax attitude that subtly works its way into our daily life, and before we know it, our dreams, relationships, and health are in shambles.

Laziness causes some people to become dropouts from exercise programs when it takes too much effort. Others leave the vocation of their dreams when going to school or taking time for homework gets in the way of their leisure time.

Oftentimes, relationships are destroyed when a spouse gets too lazy to say a kind word or go out of their way to do something for the other.

Laziness creeps its way in and causes destruction to our spiritual life as well.

We may find we don't like praying. We may desire to stay home from church because we'd rather sleep on Sunday morning.

However, nowadays there are many options for church service times. Our human nature likes to be motivated by outside influences. Sometimes, these can be good motivators. But, face it, life becomes mundane. We can't always expect something to stir our feelings and keep us motivated.

Laziness is a negative spiritual force. When laziness cause a threat to our lives, we need to ask God to strengthen us from within and use the God-given spirit of self-discipline to combat the destructive force of laziness.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She is speaking at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Panera Bread in Gurnee. She is available for speaking to your group, meeting or conference. Contact Annettee at or (847) 543-8413.

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