The most powerful thing about the Bible is that it is not neutral---in fact, there is no such position as a "neutral" one. One way or another, we must all contend with its claims. To not make a decision about whether or not it will serve as the authority for your life is, in fact, to decide against it. - Greg Hall in Already Compromised, co-authored with Ken Ham, published by Master Books

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lazy or Loaded?

The other day my husband referred to himself as "lazy" regarding why he has not been working out like he used to over the past few years.  I quickly responded to him that he is not lazy by any means.  I know my husband, and lazy is not who he is.  He is a hard-working, devoted man of integrity...far from lazy.  Sure he has his lazy moments, as do I, but in no way would I characterize him as lazy. 

Loaded...no, not in the sense of $$$...but loaded with responsibilities and even daily physical tasks that lead to him being very understandably tired, hence the lack of energy or drive to work out.

How about you?  Does that sound at all like your life and daily LOAD?

You know far better than anyone else all of the mind-boggling issues weighing on your mind in addition to the various necessary physical tasks and other responsibilities you have.  Does all of that end up overwhelming you and leaving you physically, mentally and emotionally drained!?!

When I did a quick word search on the words "lazy", "overwhelmed", and "rest", I found that there are far more times in the Bible where the word "overwhelmed" and even "rest" are referenced than the word "lazy".  True, laziness is a big problem and even a sin and should be dealt with seriously.  However, I think more often than not, we tend to see ourselves as lazy because we are not keeping up the pace of what we think we should be doing.  We are not fulfilling expectations we have put on ourselves.  We are expecting something of ourselves that is not necessarily what God expects of us or even what others expect of us.  I think that more often we are actually "overwhelmed" by the bombardment of things to do and keep up with in our fast-paced societies.  Additionally, there are many things I found in the Bible that we are specifically overwhelmed by:  dread, guilt, horror, sorrow, amazement, and even wonder.  Do any of those fit you?  Do all of those fit you at some point? 

I was just speaking with my precious cousin last night whose 5-year-old beautiful, spunky daughter is being treated for a brain tumor.  Our local community has responded literally overwhelmingly to this dear girl's cause.  There have been multiple fundraisers with turnout in the 100's and untold dollar amounts given to her fund...often by people who don't even know them personally.  My cousin is a very non-spotlight, humble person, and this wonderfully loving and gracious response for her daughter truly has her overwhelmed.  She is so very thankful, yet does not know how to react.  Is that you as well?  Would that be you if you were in her situation?

Overwhelmed...Loaded...definitely NOT Lazy.

In times where we get overwhelmed by whatever it may be at that moment, we inevitably hit that point where our body and our mind say...ENOUGH!  REST!  (That's a built-in factory perk installed by our intelligent and loving Creator!)

So, the next time you are tempted to get down on yourself and call yourself "lazy" because you're not keeping up with the Joneses physically, financially, or otherwise...stop and re-evaluate.  Is "lazy" really the right description of who you are overall?  If not, then let yourself do what comes naturally and REST.  It's okay.  You are no less of a person because you aren't living up to expectations that you may be unfairly putting on yourself.

I read a couple of great quotes today about that:
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

"Our God is no fair-weather Father. You can count on him to be in your corner no matter how you perform." - Max Lucado


And on the subject of rest:
"Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest" (Psalm 55:6)  (Wouldn't that be nice!?!)

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  (Matthew 11:28-30)

The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."  (Exodus 33:14)

Lighten your Load...you're NOT Lazy...Rest in Him!

14 comments:

Cindy Adkins said...

Such true lessons...and so important for all of us to hear...thank you for that!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Cindy

sarah said...

I often say I don't want to do something b/c I'm lazy...but I think you hit it right on..There's just too much to do sometimes that I don't want to add something else to the mix...Have a great Sunday.

Clif said...

Great post! You really got your point across in a great way. The quotes are excellent too. Thank you for posting this today.

Daughter of the KING said...

Liked your quote by Albert Einstein.

Blessings,
Linda J

Virginia said...

Great post and quote.
Sweet Blessings,
Virginia

Charlotte said...

I think it is easy to become "overwhelmed" in our world today. This doesn't happen to me too often now that I'm retired, but sometimes it still does. When I get overwhelmed, I think of it as being like my computer. Sometimes it gets "overloaded" and just shuts down.
Thank you for posting on this timely subject.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I truly need to lighten my load. The older I get I seem to get tired much more easily.
God Bless and thank-you for this well need post today.
Ginger

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, you won't believe it..I'm in Louisiana too!!! What city are you in? I'm in Meraux (St. Bernard Parish.) Hugs, Cindy

Veronica Lee said...

How true! Love those quotes.

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.
Have a nice day!

misterp said...

Hey Mrs. Haelie I loved the comic at the very beginning as well as the blog for it does give me insight to the fact that when I am not doing things that I think I should be doing it's not because I am lazy by any stretch. It's just that I need a much needed rest.thank you for your time and talent as well as the many quotes you shared. You are a wonderful person. And the best quote of all, is "come unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest." (Jesus)

Karen Long said...

Hello Haelie, my name is Karen from
http://glassofsweettea.blogspot.com/
I stopped by to visit your blog and just wanted to introduce myself.
I have enjoyed glancing threw some of your post..and have agreed with all the ones i had a chance to read.
I hope you will stop by to visit me when you get a chance and say Hi.
Have a God filled day.. God bless

Big Fat Mama said...

I noticed that sometimes people can say they are overwhelmed even when there is nothing to really be overwhelmed about. We all have dishes to wash, laundry to do, bills to pay, ect. I think it's so much about our attitude and the scriptures and quotes you wrote are great ways to uplift your attitude and put things into perspective!
Have a great weekend...so glad you stopped by and visited Cooking Up Faith. I'm going to be talking about faith this week! :)
Big Fat Mama

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Love this post, Haelie! Great reminders to put life and our situations back into God's perspective.

Have a super-blessed day!

Haelie said...

Thanks so much, Lisa!!! And thanks for following! :o)

Everyone else, thank you ALL sooo much for all of your kind comments! So glad this post was meaningful to all of you. I have not had a chance to come back and comment since I posted it so I apologize for taking so long to respond.

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