How can you tell if you're lazy or merely pacing your activities and conserving energy, so to speak? Laziness... the Bible has a lot to say against it, and it's not good! And a search on Helium.com for the word "lazy" brought more than 3600 entries! So being lazy is obviously a big deal and a source of confusion for many!
You know the old phrase... "lazy, hazy days of summer." Surely we have had some hot hazy days that beg us to be lazy. And for a few hot summer days, that's okay. But there are people who take laziness to unbelievable heights. There are those for whom the biggest challenge is figuring out how they can do even LESS than yesterday!
Somehow, I did not get the laziness gene. I grew up surrounded by workaholics and while that's not necessarily good either, I pretty much became a driven person by osmosis. This is not always the case, and sometimes you will see families where everybody in the family works very hard... except for one or two people who make a career out of laziness. In other families, it seems like the whole family is miserably lazy and lets the house go, the dishes pile up, the yard grow tall with weeds, the cars fall apart, and more. They seem perfectly content to let life pass them by while they do the bare minimum to support themselves and function in life.
I have to admit, I am a stickler for neatly pressed clothes. It may say "permanent press" on the label, but it's probably going to get a little extra help at my house, in the form of a hot iron and some spray starch! I know others who are even more obsessed with ironing than I am, but that's another story! My husband asked me one day why I was ironing his shirts... why didn't I just pull them out of the clothes dryer and hang them on a hanger? After all, they were "permanent press!" I told him that may be what it says on the label, but even the best no-iron shirt needs a little pressing in spots, and when he goes out in public in a shirt that has obviously not been pressed, it is a reflection on him AND me. And that's how it is with God and laziness. When you choose to be lazy, that is a reflection on your relationship with God. After all... if you are lazy about your earthly life, you are probably lazy Spiritually as well.
Proverbs 26:13-16 says "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason." (Scripture taken from the King James Version, 1987 printing. The KJV is public domain in the United States. To read this passage from The Message, go to www.biblegateway.com and do a passage lookup.)
God didn't call you to be His lazy child. Remember the words of Luke 12:48... "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." I'm not saying you have to start ironing your underwear, but I am encouraging you to get up and get busy.