“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23
“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” Proverbs 12:24
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” Colossians 3:23
“If a man will not work, neither let him eat.”  2 Thessalonians 3:10
“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper” Proverbs 13:4


Being lazy is harmful to the person being lazy and all the people affected by that person’s lack of effort.  Sometimes people expect other people to do everything for them, yet they do not support anyone else. 

It is important to pay attention to the help you receive and note how much effort you make to support other people.  This concept is true with work, family, friends, and general situations.

A good start to avoiding being lazy is to observe yourself during the day and note how many times other people do things for you that you could have done for yourself.  In some cases, it makes sense that other people do work because the other person has the skills, tools, or knowledge required.  However, you will find that many times you could have supported yourself.

Then observe how often you help someone else.  As you conduct your planning, you can allow for tasks that support other people.  Again this works for your personal life as well as work. 

After making an effort to make good use of your time and support other people, you will begin to accomplish more, and other people will appreciate your effort and probably do more to support you.


Henry was a member of a volunteer organization that received clothing, household supplies, and some furniture that the organization gave away to people in need.  Henry was a successful business owner and had a large staff of people who worked for him. 

When Henry spent volunteer time at the charity center he expected everyone else to do all the work and he planned to manage the facility.  However, there were not enough volunteers to have people who just told others what to do.  It did not take long for people to resent Henry.  The tension kept getting greater to the point where Henry felt resentment and did not understand why the other people felt that way.

Henry talked with his wife about the tension.   She asked him a lot of questions and she quickly realized that Henry was treating everyone like they were employees of his company.  She explained her thoughts to him and asked how he would like it if someone treated him that way when he was a volunteer.  His wife told him to do some of the work for himself and see how it changes the attitudes of other people.  She said, especially if you can help some of the other people with their tasks.

Henry tried his wife’s suggestion.  After a couple of weeks, everyone began to notice a major change in Henry.  As they all worked together, they accomplished much more, and they felt much better about each other.


We need to dedicate time to review what we are doing and how we are affecting other people.  We should do as much as we can to support ourselves while noticing how we can support other people.  The results of making the effort will improve your life and the lives of those people around you.

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