Do you know any sloths?
Years ago, I had the opportunity to hold a real sloth. It’s a slow-moving, cuddly mammal. A slothful person is one who’s slow, apathetic, or inactive. Do you know anyone who fits that description? I can think of several! Consider a man I’ll call William. He’d been out of work for nearly a year. He had little money left in his checking account and was worried about his family’s financial situation. He then remembered that he had some investments but he didn’t know their value. To his surprise, he learned that they were valued at over $45,000. The fact that he didn’t know this, is indicative of why he hadn’t worked for so long. He’d been fired from his previous job, possibly because he didn’t work hard or attend to the needs of his employer.
William’s behavior is the slothfulness warned about in the Bible. Being slothful in one area usually translates into other areas of our life. William’s home was in disrepair and the family car needed maintenance. His failure to take care of the things God had placed in his care was due to laziness or just a lack of paying attention. When brought to his attention, he confessed his weakness and asked for God’s help.
Proverbs 27:23 tells us: “Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds.” Ask God to show you what you need to do to take better care of what He’s entrusted to you. We can always get better in areas where we’re weak. Seek counsel from others who’ve set a good example for you to follow.
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