The Daily Lily
Consider the lilies of the field… Matt 6:28
Roxy on R&R
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
Love you, Roxy….
I am working on Jan-Feb. that a friend taught me. Jam all my major house work in two months so I can be ready for outdoor activities when March peaks.
That sounds wise. I have heard farming advice that says time to plant peas and potatoes March 17.
By the way, Roxy, that is a great pose and picture…the best to you!
Reading, journaling, praying!
Learning and trying to learn…….guess that comes with moving to a new job, right? 🙂 Interesting that sometimes we can get so comfortable with our lives/jobs/ways of doing things, etc., that we don’t want any CHANGE. Just before I was blessed with my new job, I found something I had written down, some time ago……..”if you don’t like CHANGE, then you are going to like being insignificant, even less.” Can anyone relate?
I think I can relate Tammy. As a teacher (and one older than most), I am often presented with change and asked to make it…whether it be curricular, teaching methods, technology, rules, etc. I don’t necessarily like it all but understand that change is inevitable and often healthy and that I should accept it. I looked up a couple of definitons for your word ‘insignificant’: “not worth considering: unimportant ;lacking weight, position, or influence: contemptible; (of a person) Without power or influence.” I can see why your quote “……..”if you don’t like CHANGE, then you are going to like being insignificant, even less” is so true. Because if we won’t embrace change we will end up being put aside, on the sidelines and viewed by others as the definitions that I just quoted. Ouch!
Looks like Roxy sure has “R&R” down pat!! 😉
If one does not change are they lazy? Take a tour of the Bible on lazy and see if lazy-change correlates…
Proverbs 6:6-11 NLT says Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy bones. Learn from their ways and become wise.
Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep” When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (If we were the ant we would learn the new skills to enable us to work in this day and not complain
for as long as we can work we aught to do so for there will come a time when we will not be able to.)
Colossians 4:23 NLT Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. In Joyce Meyers devotion this week she said that thousands of years ago the Greek philosopher Aristotle suggested that each human being is bred with a unique set of potentials that yearn to be fulfulled. Her lesson said don’t settle for average or getting by. You may have some limitations, but you can be extraordinary if you decided to be. Joyce Meyer’s prayer that day – Jan 8. Lord, give me the heart of a king in the things that You call me to do. I will not allow my weaknesses to stop me from fulfilling my destiny. Amen
Here are some scriptures that tell us what will happen to lazy people:
Proverbs 19: 15 NLT says lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
Proverbs 19: 24 NLT- Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
Proverbs 20: 4 NLT Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
Proverbs 21: 25 NLT Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.
Proverbs 22: 13 NLT The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there? If I go outside, I might be killed!”
Proverbs 24: 30-34 NLT I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.
I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then I looked and I thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–scarity will attack you like an armed robber.
Proverbs 26: 13- 16 NLT The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road” Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”
As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns oer in bed. 15. Lazy pople take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. 16. Lazy people consider themseles smarter than seven wise counselors.
O, help if one is lazybones! Following Jesus in companionship makes us partners with one who understands us fully—our wisdom, fellow traveler, the one in whom we can trust and rely on fully. When I think on how His power dwells within me I realize no place within for laziness, discontent, selfishness, or hurry up to seethe in and bring Proverbs 24 or any of those other verses Rena quotes.
This week I was telling a friend of mine about Joyce Meyer’s devotion about working for the King in all things.
She said let me tell you a story and here goes. There was a man who had worked deligently all his life for a construction company. They did the finest work around. After all his years working, the final day for retirement came. He was so excited. But his boss came to him and said can you possibly stay on for one more house.
Although he didn’t want to, he loved working for his boss so decided to help build the house. At first he started out making sure everything was done perfectly. As time wore on he grew tired (a little lazy) and started not doing the work to the standard the boss wanted and purchased subquality items to go into the house. At last the house was done. His boss said, “Oh my good man, I hope you like the house because that house is your reward for all your years of work. (Anyone like to guess the moral of this story?)
Roxy knows just how to pose. She’s been practicing for years and has it down to a science. This little girl is chock full of wisdom and grace. What a gal, our Roxy.
Rena, that story is well taken. That’s the story about Heaven…something to the effect that the Father is constructing our “mansions” from the raw materials (treasures) we send up while here on this planet. Whatever we plant on earth will be what our mansions are made of. Good deeds; good works; pure intentions; compassion, lovingkindness; obedience to the Word of God, regarding the poor.
The higher the quality of our sacrifices and offerings, the more glorious our mansion in Heaven. Someone wrote a song about a little “cabin” in Heaven but I think the Lord would have us strive and prepare for a glorious palace.
Adding to the comments above regarding Sara’s question, “If one does not change are they lazy?” I am thinking that being afraid to change, do something different, take risks, can be lazy. Of the three men in Matt 25 that were given a talent/ability and told to do something with the master’s investment, apparently two were able to make some changes, maybe do something different and creative and grow the investment. One, however, couldn’t or wouldn’t and was classified as lazy and unprofitable.
“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.” Matt 25:24-25 MSG
How does one guard themselves from our not being lazy and our learning…. “always learning but never coming to an understanding of The Truth.” II Timothy 3:7… And, “…We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” I Corinthians 8:1
It’s interesting that the “Master” listened to the response of each of the three servants. On the first reading of the 3rd servant’s response…it sounds like he is just a fearful man. But the knowing ‘Master’ did not interpret it that way. The Master said ‘YOU WICKED AND LAZY servant.’ So even if the servant had been fearful, that indicates he had no faith; he was unwilling to do anything about it; he was in unbelief because, obviously, he DID HAVE A GIFT or the Master would not have entrusted him with the mina in the first place. But he was unwilling to use his gift that God had given him. Fear, unbelief, lack of faith, unwilling to move ahead. disobedience. No wonder the Master called him wicked. Ai-yi-yi!!
On thinking about this and hearing a sermon – I wonder if the third man’s thoughts went around and around in this mind about the character of his master. His perception of the master in his mind was that he was a hard task master, it actually was a lie. He believed it was the truth. He didn’t discuss it with anyone he just went on his perception and did his own thing thinking it was the right thing to do. The other two people involved others but not this guy. God wants us to seek wise counsel. Sometimes are counsel isnt right. Who is the loser when we do this – we are.
A thought in the head of a thoughtless man is no more than a Ferris wheel ride with the stench of animal dung. Is that what you just said Rena?
You got it. That is exactly right.
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