Friday, 22 July 2011

there's a lion outside....

We have been reading through the book or Proverbs in our family devotions, in the mornings.  There have been so many wise words, which Robert brings to life for the children, often with object lessons or relating to their lives in a practical way.

I want to share about one we read the other morning.  It just tickled me, and it will probably hit a note in all our hearts.  It's also a great one to tell the children and to teach them the lesson it contains.

We read....

"The slothful man saith,
There is a lion in the way;
 a lion is in the streets." 

Proverbs 26:13

I don't ever recall reading that verse before - I maybe did, but didn't think about it.

What a PATHETIC excuse!

Talk about procrastination and deceiving yourself.

Just picture it.  There's a lazy man, who can't be bothered to do the job he knows he should be doing.  Maybe he feels a bit tired.

 Maybe he has something he would rather be doing.  

Maybe he thinks that it isn't important.
Whatever the reason, he makes up this big deception in order to convince himself he doesn't need to do it!

There's a WHAT in the street....a lion, you say?  In the STREET?

Yeah, right......

We know you just don't want to go out there and get that job done that

 you know you  should be doing.

There's no lion.

And, of course, we would NEVER make excuses to ourselves about the jobs WE should be doing, isn't that right.......?

That dirty oven that will take SOOOOO long to clean that it wouldn't be "good use of your time".

Or, that cupboard that needs to be tidied up, but "never mind, no-one sees it anyway".

Perhaps, more a case of "I can't get up early to have my quiet times, because I need my sleep, I can't cope otherwise".

Whatever your "lion in the street" is, chase it away today.  Get doing what you know you should be doing, and ditch the lame excuses.

Go on.

Right now.

You chase away your lion.

(photo curtsey of Joshua Cordle, taken at Woburn Safari park yesterday!)

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