Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Define "Lazy"

To be lazy is to be selfish. Harsh truth, isn't it? Especially for me, who is so lazy that it has to be my blog title. I'm lazy when it comes to lots of things: housework, planning, sundry other tasks that I allow to fall between the cracks of my life.

Sure, I'll have the occasional productive day. Like yesterday. Yesterday, I finished a newsletter I was designing, created this blog, made my first blog post, and figured out how to use Twitter (though I'm still somewhat illtwitterate). Some of this I did while catching up on my favorite shows on Hulu, so I still managed to be lazy in between—and even during—most of my productivity.

But, as this blog woefully admits, I am lazy in my faith. That doesn't mean I don't have faith. On the contrary, only someone with a great deal of faith could do so little to build on it. I'm not short on faith. I'm short on relationship. The whole of Christianity is based on having a relationship with God.

Now, for the record, I'm terrible about keeping up relationships with humans, too. If you are not in my direct line of sight on a regular basis, odds are I'll completely forget to keep in touch with you. I apologize wholeheartedly if you've managed to keep track of me (which shouldn't be hard, considering I've had the same e-mail address since 1999) and I've somehow lost track of you. It's not intentional. I'm a very "out of sight, out of mind" kind of person. It's honest forgetfulness, not a slight against you.

That being said, God is not altogether out of my line of sight, despite being kind of invisible in nature. He's clearly worked in my life for the duration of the experience, and I am reminded of him every day, all day, by everything around me. I'm ridiculously rich in love and hope and family and friends. How could I not see God in my life every day?

So it's not seeing God that's the trouble. It's knowing God. To know God requires me having to do stuff, and, well, being the lazy sort, I often don't like to do stuff. I have to pray, I have to journal, I have to read the Bible, I have to not do crummy things, and if I do crummy things, I have to (wo)man up and apologize for them. And, worst of all, I have to have accountability for all this stuff. Ugh. So I have to have someone on this planet know all the stuff I stink at so they can say, "Hey, you're stinky at that. Fix it!" Except it has to be said nicer because of, you know, Christian-ness.

Boo.

One of my favorite things to tell my husband is, "I just want to do what I want to do!" The World According to Rachel: 24/7/365. Unfortunately, that doesn't really work for, oh, everyone else on the planet. Or for God. It really needs to be The World According to God: 24/7/365. If it was, things would just turn out better, I know it. That's the way it's meant to work. If I would just let go of all the meaningless things I think are important to me and hold on to the one thing that really is important, how could life not improve?

Again, it comes back to doing stuff. Putting aside the stuff I want to do and picking up the stuff I need to do. I can't be the only person who has a tough time with this. Please tell me you're as imperfect as I am.

6 comments:

  1. This is so well put. I think most of us who are Christians are lazy in our life. It is amazing how much we choose to be lazy. I am the same way with keeping in touch. If it is not in my sight line, forget it, I don't do it either. I am working hard on keeping my sights on God more, and being strong, with that being said, it is difficult. But one thing that I have learned recently is the harder that I have to work for something the greater the reward. So when I find a way to stop being lazy in my faith, I am excited to see just how amazing the reward will be.

    Thanks for an inspiring post. I look forward to your next one!

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  2. Hi Rachell,

    I am a little sad I have only found your blog three years later, however grateful I have found your blog altogether and at the right time... I belive in God's perfect timing.

    I am a Kingdom citizen as well and today I am so blessed to be reading your blog. I am, at least today i start confessing in faith that I 'WAS' a lazy Christian as well.

    Today I had to admit that I have a problem that needs to be fixed and I can no longer walk around thinking that everything is going to adjust and change according to my agenda - I need to change and work according to God's agenda.

    I did a google search today(6 May 2013) on biblical confessions to overcoming laziness and found you... This is your testimony. You have encouraged me by your boldness and I am yet to boldy proclaim as you have that this is my struggle, but today I take a step forward...

    I look forward to reading the rest of your blogs!

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    1. I'm a little sad I only just found this comment! I'm happy to meet you, and I'm so grateful that we're not alone in this. :)

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  3. I am so thankful to have found your blog. This is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I've been in bed all morning googling how to handle being overwhelmed and how to overcome laziness as a Christian. Notice, I'm in bed trying to find any kind of motivation to get OUT. So far, your blog is the first thing I've read that is actually helpful. Every other link I stumbled across just explained why the Bible says laziness is bad and then expected that to be enough for the lazy person that was reading it to just immediately and magically change. So thank you. For not only your amazing, humility and honesty, but for helping people actually learn how to practically change.

    Anna

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    1. Aww, thanks! You are certainly not alone, Anna. And I'm so glad our God is big on grace. I need plenty of it, since works are certainly not my strong suit. :)

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  4. I wrote a comment and it got deleted. I am too lazy to rewrite it (see I struggle too). Anyway, my main point was just to thank you. For your humility and honesty and for actually helping other lazy people, instead of just telling them laziness is bad and expecting them to change.

    Thank you again,
    Anna

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