So I thought I'd share a glimpse into one of my morning routines with you. When I roll out of bed in the morning, I grab my phone, but not for the reason you're probably thinking right now. I reach for my phone to read the book of Proverbs for that day–in case you didn't know, the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters making it a perfect monthly read. On this day, it was the 24th and as I ended the chapter, I caught myself going back over these set of verses that I had read many times before–Proverbs 24:30-34 in The Message (MSG) translation, and it reads:
One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones,
and then passed the vineyard of a lout;
They were overgrown with weeds,
thick with thistles, all the fences broken down.
I took a long look and pondered what I saw;
the fields preached me a sermon and I listened:
“A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”
That was Solomon speaking and to be honest, his assessment of the situation is quite brutal, I mean, brutally honest.
State of Affairs
The verses from Proverbs 24 simply talks about the habits of a serial procrastinator and I can admit I can be that guy sometimes, I put things off I know I should be doing, change schedule and push deadlines out a little just to leave some room for comfort, you know what I mean.
In view of this well-known scenario, I think our space and mind could use more decluttering from time to time, and for our own ultimate benefit.
After taking a long look to reflect on what he saw, Solomon soon realized the problem–too many naps, too many days off, and add excessive Netflix to that! Not that I am advocating a no-nap life, I certainly can't live that life as I love my naps and trust me when I say some Netflix binge-watching occasionally here and there would probably not alter our life's trajectory in a significant way. But I think we can agree that anything done in excess is ultimately bad for us, and especially when these things take higher priority over other important things in our lives.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today –Abraham Lincoln
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