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Work out lazy John (Proverbs 12:27)

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
    but the diligent man will get precious wealth


Juan Tamad (Lazy John) is a famous fictional character to Filipinos. He is an epitome of slothfulness, a perfect example of a person who is lazy and not willing to work. He does not want to do anything. Even when he is hungry, he won’t make a move to feed himself. Instead, he will just lie down below a guava tree, mouth wide open, waiting for a ripe fruit to fall into his mouth through gravity.

The Bible states, “Do not feed the slothful”. Even though our aim is to help, the indolent person could become dependent and will just wait for someone to lend a hand instead of working himself out. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa( God helps those who help themselves). How come we blame God for not pouring out blessings when we are not doing our part? A student who did not review a night before his exam, do you think he’ll get a high score? An employee who is always late and loves to give excuses when given a task, will he be promoted?

We envy successful persons and think life is unfair when in fact we lack the will and action to reach our dreams. We get what we deserve from what we exert.

Time is too short and too precious to be wasted. Make every second count. Spend it to something productive. Keep moving.

Be diligent. Be perseverant. Work yourself out not just in schools or at work but most especially when it comes to fulfilling God’s vision. Never be too slothful in reading His words. A lazy attitude will never be appealing to anyone’s eyes especially God’s. It wouldn’t bring you anywhere too.

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