7 symptoms of laziness

The board arrived today in spite of the fact there were major demonstrations against the administration of the Guatemalan president. Our daughter, Becky, also arrived with Debbie.

Our office staff has done a wonderful job of preparing for the meeting.

And our chairman, Thom, hit the ground running as we began our board meeting at 3pm.


There are seven symptoms of slothfulness (laziness). First, Proverbs 26:16 says, “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit (eyes) than seven men that can render a reason.” A lazy person will deny that they are lazy. He can give many excuses as to why he is unable to work.

Second, laziness develops gradually. It can happen to very normal people. Proverbs 6:10-11 says, “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth and thy want as an armed man”. This scripture tells me that in some cases laziness begins slowly but left unchecked will develop.

Third, lazy people disregard the importance of time and seasons. Proverbs 20:4 says, “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing”. God tells us that there is a time for everything.

When I came to Guatemala I was 45 years old. Had I waited until today at age 74 I could not physically do now what I did then. Too many Christians put off until tomorrow what God has told them to do today. A lazy person is not self-motivated.