I need to lose this laziness that is taking deep root in me. I really do NOT feel like going to the gym after having a few days off and after having a run of inconsistency for the last several months. Yes it is certainly taking its toll now. Imagine how that would be on the spiritual side of us if we know the physical gets quickly impacted. There has to be a good jump start to lose this laziness.
What you sow –yep! You certainly reap that. Here is the reminder of that:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
We have to SOW so that we can grow!
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
We have to DISCIPLINE our body so that we don’t become disqualified!
And here go the popular Proverbs…
He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 10:4
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor. 12:24
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 13:4
The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 20:4
The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. 21:25
The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” 22:13
Who likes fluctuation? Beating the lazy man blues! Consistency is key! We have to take on an attitude, “If I did it before I can do it again.” So what did I do before?
Take in all the good foods and in the right portions! In the natural and in the spiritual. Eat your veggies! Have your proteins! Avoid the fatty foods!
Eat your word! Power up in prayer! Acquire a habit of fasting regularly.
Have all the accountability partners that you need. Someone to remind you to go to the gym, someone to go with you. Use the great outdoors if you don’t have a gym. Work it off! In the natural and in the spirit.
Accept wise counsel and mentoring. Engage in the fellowship in the church environment. Get involved in the church and in the community! The calling is critical…be encouraged to do so and not put this off.
Just get it done. Everyday is critical. No time to waste. Have to sow that time in and redeem the time. The more that you are consistent the more results will take place. The more that you resist the good the more that you will develop in the habit of laziness. In the natural and in the spirit. For laziness with clothe a man with rags [Proverbs 19:15]. That makes for the worst attire inside and out. And a little leaven leavens the whole batch [Galatians 5:9]. If we take too much time off, we are going to see the setback in that.
Get the images in your mind that are good. Put pictures up of you at your healthiest. Pictures of the physique that you want to obtain. Pictures of food charts and exercise sheets. Reminders up everyday so that you can see. In the natural and in the spirit. See yourself traveling. See yourself preaching. See yourself ministering and see yourself doing the work that God called you to. Put the pictures up! Be reminded through the word. Write it on the doorposts and hang up words that inspire [Deuteronomy 6] so that you will see it all the time.
The first place we start is in the mind! Change the way you think about all this and it will change the way the behavior patterns. It is time to lose the laziness and gain the growth. The results… we shall see it.
It is never too late. Today is a new day to try again. Let’s start again. Back at it! Time to PRESS!