“Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.” Proverbs 12:27 (NLT)
It took me about three years to write my book and another five to get a publishing contract. Then I had to work with an editor on intensive re-writes. Finally, a few months before publication, the time came to start promoting it but by then I was tired. I didn’t feel like doing what was required and told myself I really didn’t have to. Then I read this scripture and recognized myself as the lazy person in this Proverb. Considering the time and effort it would take a hunter to bring home meat, how foolish it would be not to cook it and feed the family. Similarly, my bad attitude was throwing away years of hard work and the precious gift of writing and publishing that God had given me.
Perhaps there is an area in your life—your studies, work, witness or ministry—where you feel tired. You have put in a great deal of effort, but now find your enthusiasm waning. Consider that this is precisely the time to persevere and push through to the finish line, as Paul told the Hebrews to do in Hebrews 12:1. Don’t let your previous hard work be in vain and give in to laziness now. ‘Cook the meat’ so that you—and others—may be blessed with the feast of your labors.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I have allowed tiredness and laziness to creep into my life. Please give me renewed energy and perseverance to continue running the race you have marked out for me.
Joan Campbell is the author of the Poison Tree Path Chronicles through Enclave Publishing. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband, two daughters, and their Labrador, Tabeal, named after one of the characters in the first of her series Chains of Gwyndorr.