Today’s Blog: Yikes! A Lion — Without a Mask!
TODAY’S PROVERB: A slacker says, “There’s a lion on the road! A lion is in the streets!” Proverbs 26:13, TLV
This proverb always gives me a chuckle. Still, back in King Solomon’s day, a random lion could be running the streets of Jerusalem or Nazareth or Hebron. Whether or not there was a lion in the streets, it could have happened. There are a lot of “it could happens” in this world, especially these days.
It occurred to me that laziness takes a lot of effort. Really. It takes an incredible amount of creativity to dream up excuses why to NOT do something.
No matter how plausible or absurd the excuses, today’s proverb deals with a legitimate theme, fear. The “it could happen” excuse.
Yes, a lion could escape from the zoo and happen to be prowling around the neighborhood looking for some unsuspecting soul mowing their lawn.
Perhaps someone was running amok without a mask and not social distancing in the grocery store.
Maybe there could be a blood-thirsty, disease-infested mosquito buzzing around the yard craving a bite of someone taking out the trash.
Or, yes, we could fail and everyone would hate us for eternity.
What a waste of creativity.
Then there’s all the effort necessary to deal with the repercussions of not doing the task. Dealing with disappointing others, dealing with people who no longer trust us to follow-through. Or, dealing with the nagging and with our own excuses to ourselves. Then, there is the ultimate guilt.
All that avoiding and laziness — it’s exhausting! Wouldn’t it be funny if it took less effort doing the task than it takes to make the excuses, apologies, undo the damage to our reputations?
Something to think about.