Last week, I went home to grab some lunch. It was nice and sunny and as it wasn’t quite lunchtime, I thought I would go for a walk before eating.
Now before I left for my walk around the block, I thought to myself, “I don’t need to take my jacket, the sun is out and I’ll get warm walking, I’ll be fine!”
I hadn’t even got to the end of our street and the wind went from being non-existent to blowing a Gail (that’s what it seemed like…). The wind was now really strong, it blew straight through my clothes to my skin and I was freezing!
In my mind, the wind was being extremely LAZY as it was taking a short cut and blowing straight through me instead of going around me.
The Lazy wind got me thinking about the times when I am also lazy and try to take short cuts.
I might make a mess on the floor (like walking inside with mud in my shoes) and then I do a quick slap dash clean up…and then because I didn’t clean my mess up properly, others have walked in the mud that has fallen out of my shoes and now it is spread throughout the rest of the house. I now have a bigger mess to clean up!
When I was at school, there was one subject in particularly that I wasn’t a big fan of. As a result, I’ll admit, I was lazy. I didn’t work hard, and I only completed the work that I had to do. I did not try my best.
In 1 Corinthians 10:31 we are reminded:
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
It doesn’t matter whether we are cleaning up a mess, vacuuming the floor, doing homework or assignments, painting a wall, working at work or at home, we need to not be like LAZY like the wind and take short cuts. We need to do our best and do it for the glory of God.
Yes, it might take a bit longer to accomplish the given task, but it saves having to do it again! It can also bring a smile to your face knowing that you have accomplished something and done your best while completing it!
Rob Edwards is Children and Youth Minister at Holy Trinity