Proverbs 26:13

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion in the streets!”

I’ve confessed to you on multiple occasions that I can have a tendency to be a lazy guy. I enjoy sitting on the couch and not doing anything. I know it’s not a good thing about me, and I continue to try to work on it, but I also continue to fall back into those habits and patterns. There are just times I’m a sluggard. Hello, My name is David. And I’m a Sluggard. I wonder if there’s a group for that? Probably not, unless the room was filled with couches instead of chairs.

Anyway, when you’re lazy, it’s easy to come up with excuses not to do things. It’s easy to decide not to mow the lawn because the grass is too wet and it’ll just clog up the chute. Or, I can’t go for a walk tonight because it’s already to dark and wet and I might get eaten by a Cougar (the furry kind). But, that’s what we sluggards do. We sit around and come up with excuses about why we can’t do things. And even though we might not use the “there’s a lion in the streets” excuse, we use just as many stupid excuses for not doing things.

Speaking from experience, I know that there is always an excuse. There is always a reason not to do something. I can always come up with a reason not to do work that I don’t want to do. I can always come up with a reason not to make lifestyle changes that I need to make. I can always come up with a reason that I should stay the kind of person that I am and not try to be any better tomorrow. I can always come up with an excuse to stay the same.

But, also speaking from experience, I also know that what you get from that kind of life, is whatever happens to you. You never happen to your life, your life just continues to happen to you. As I like to say to our church, “we need to bring the happen to our life.” In other words, we need to stop making excuses about why we can’t do this or that. We need to stop rationalizing why we can’t give up this vice or that vice. We need to stop letting life happen to us day in and day out and bring the happen to our life. We need to stop yelling lion and go out and grab the lion by the tail.

So, today, let me encourage you, bring the happen to your life. You may be like me, a sluggard. But, that doesn’t mean you have to stay a sluggard. That’s just another excuse to not change anything. Don’t allow yourself any  more excuses and just start getting your life moving in the direction you want it to go.

If you don’t get off the couch and move, you’ll always be on the couch.