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Main Text: Proverbs 6:6, 9-11, 24:30-34

Topics:

  • Sluggard: a habitually lazy person – That’s it. Usually you look up a word in the dictionary and you get several definitions, but not this time. Just a habitually lazy person
  • Hmmm. And here are some synonyms for sluggard - couch potato, deadbeat, do-nothing, drone,idler, layabout, loafer, lotus-eater, slouch, slug, slugabed,lazybones
  • Over in Proverbs 24:30-34, Solomon talks about what the results of being a sluggard are:
  • He defines sluggard as a man lacking sense and then describes his field which I think we will all agree is not a good sight. He then goes on to give us a glimpse of what it takes to become a sluggard
  • He basically says that it happens slowly – a little at a time. We rationalize our laziness as “Just a little” but it destroys our productivity and over the long haul the damage is huge. He compares the results to a robber sneaking up on you, like an armed man attacking you. It comes out of nowhere, without notice.
  • Ants show an incredible persistence, a perseverance, a discipline. When you knock over their home, they don’t lose hope, complain about it, quit trying; they get to work rebuilding. I think what Solomon is telling us is that once we identify our direction in that Balcony moment and decide on the goals that we will pursue, forward motion is everything.
  • “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow” – George S. Patton
  • The plan is not nearly as important as the progress. I did not say the plan was not important. I said that a plan without progress is useless. It is more important that we move forward than that we try to perfect the plan. Solomon is telling us to make a plan but then get moving – and keep moving.
  • A.      Get on the balcony and see what needs to be done
  • B.      Reverse Engineer to decide what it will take to get there
  • C.      Execute Consistently by:
  1. a.       Break Big Goals into small ones
  2. b.      Decide what daily steps you will take to move forward
  3. c.       Setup some motivations to keep going – pics, outcomes
  4. d.      Celebrate the small victories
  5. e.      Re-evaluate timeframe occasionally
  6. f.      Watch out for laziness
  7. g.      Plan for and rest appropriately

 

  • What about when you get stuck?
    • Set milestones
    • Celebrate Progress
    • Let others in on your goal
  • What if I miss my goal?
    • Re-evaluate timing – Goal becomes the process rather than the result
    • God grades on progress, not destination
  • Solomon really focuses on the laziness that comes on little by little. He says, “A little sleep, a little slumber” not “a goal not met”. I believe he makes it clear that the goal is not the objective, the process is the objective. The discipline it takes to achieve the goal is the objective.
  • You see, laziness is tricky. We never intend to waste the whole afternoon, the day, or our lifetime. We just want a little more rest right now, one more TV show, one more snooze button.
  • Then he says Poverty will come upon us without warning – impoverished relationships, impoverished careers, impoverished financially. Just because of a little laziness. All of a sudden our dreams are stolen from us, not because we surrendered them consciously, but because we let them be take away slowly but surely by laziness. We wake up one day and realize that we have missed out.
  • How do we fight laziness? Solomon says “Arise from your sleep” Get moving. Move forward. A little at a time. Forward progress is everything. Just like the ant, we let nothing deter us from moving towards our goals no matter how small the step.
  • Rest is important. We need rest to maintain productivity. But doesn’t rest come so much easier when we have a sense of accomplishment? It does not even have to be monumental – just forward progress.
  • "We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." -- Jim Rohn, Motivational Coach

Key Questions:

  1. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Sluggard”?
  2. What kinds of things do you rationalize that “slowly” creep up on you promoting laziness?
  3. Why is forward motion so important?
  4. Why is a good plan today better than a perfect plan tomorrow?
  5. Why is it important to have milestones along the way?
  6. Who do you celebrate your progress with?
  7. How do you rest? Is it a help or hindrance?
  8. Talk about which one of your goals you will attack first and make a priority.
  9. What small step can you take on a regular basis towards that goal?
  10. What obstacles will you face along the way?
  11. What will you do to specifically address each obstacle you know you will encounter?

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