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Friday, April 10, 2015
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27 (NIV)
In Proverbs 31:10-31 we find a well-known passage about a virtuous woman. I could go many different directions with this passage, but today I’m focusing on my topic. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” may not be a Bible verse, but it makes a valid point. To be idle is to do nothing and be unproductive. Like an idle car, you’re not getting anywhere. I’ve realized over time, especially as I get older and time seems to get shorter, that I am never really bored, just procrastinating. Believe me, I have indulged in the bread of idleness far too many times, and when I look back on that nothingness, it repulses me. All those instances I could have learned something new or gotten some chores done, but instead I wasted it on pointless YouTube videos or channel surfing. Now I’m not saying that it’s wrong to relax or unwind once in a while, but every good thing has its limits. There are productive things that can be relaxing: journaling, drawing, sewing, baking, walking, and many other pursuits. I’ll leave you with some antonyms (opposites) to the word “idle” from Thesaurus.com: active, ambitious, diligent, effective, productive, worthwhile. Those are what we should aim to be!