The Sloth Almost Comes to Life

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Dianne Barkerby Dianne Barker

It was 7:30. A dark winter morning. I turned the car toward the highway, wishing for a divine chariot to deposit my children at school. The bus route didn’t include our subdivision.

Rain splattered the car windows, providing alto harmony to the shrill notes of a howling wind. On our secluded street, it seemed the whole population was asleep.

Nobody in her right mind would stay up on a day like this!

In twenty minutes I planned to be back under the warm blankets on my cozy bed. I liked taking my nap first thing in the morning.

Reaching the stop sign, I waited for a string of cars, school buses, and eighteen-wheelers, noting that drivers and passengers were awake, combed, alert. I shook my groggy head and considered.

9781462735105_COVER.inddOn dark rainy mornings my children go to school…my husband goes to work…the whole population is not asleep. The world has come to life by eight o’clock. What right have I to waste this hour?

I drove home with good intentions. The house was quiet, dark. Rain splattered the windows. The wind sang a sinister song.

Nobody in her right mind would stay up on a day like this!

As I snuggled under my blanket, Scripture hassled me. “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14 KJV). “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster” (Proverbs 18:9 KJV).

At the end of the day I often wondered: Where did the time go? Slothfulness wasted it, stealing one skinny minute after another.

If my stay on this planet brought glory to Christ, I had to subdue the thief threatening to steal my life—Slothfulness. Something—Someone—urged me to get out of bed and spend time with the Lord.

Making a choice to give Bible study and prayer priority ignited the power of Christ to outrun Slothfulness and its cousin, Procrastination. It’s a daily race…but I’m running ahead!

(Adapted from I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life.)

Dianne Barker is the best-selling author of eleven books, a conference speaker, freelance journalist, and radio host. Her new release, I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life throws a rope to the desperate who are drowning in disorganization. She also wrote the 1986 best-seller Twice Pardoned (life of Harold Morris, first book for Focus on the Family Publishing). She has contributed articles to numerous magazines, including Marriage Partnership, The Christian Communicator, Open Windows, and More to Life. She is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and Christian Authors Network. She hosts a weekly program “At the Library” on the Christian radio station, WHCB 91.5 FM, Bristol, Tennessee, Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. www.whcbradio.org. She and her husband James have two married children and one delightful grandson. www.diannebarker.com.

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