Working Like a Dog

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James 4:17

Understand the cost of being a sluggard.

As I write these words, our Standard Poodle, Bo, is doing one of the more strenuous things he does on any given day. Just now, he moved from lying in his kennel, behind me and to the left, to lying in a recliner, behind me and to the right. It must have been exhausting. How Bo can remain so idle, so many hours of every day, and still be able to run with grace and energy amazes me.

What is the price of being a sluggard to a dog? Apparently, there is none. Bo isn’t gaining wait or watching his blood pressure climb. He gets fed well regardless of his productivity. Perhaps it is a dog’s life.

On the other hand, there is always a price to pay for any laziness we demonstrate. Obviously the person who refuses to work will not be able to keep a job, but what of the person who simply refuses to make the most of the time and resources and abilities and energies that God has provided. Is there a cost for the sluggard?

The reality is that we all miss opportunities of various sorts when we allow our laziness to overrule our tendency to work. Maybe those missed chances will be financial and maybe they will be spiritual. Perhaps they’ll be both. Regardless, there will always be a cost–unless you’re a dog, I suppose.

  • In what part of your life do you allow yourself to be a sluggard? How do you attempt to conceal that nature?
  • Can you identify the price that you’ve paid for past failure to work hard, whether it be at your job, at church, in your home, or elsewhere?
  • Is part of your sluggardly nature to be found in your prayer and Bible study? What can you do to set that matter to the right?