This Sunday, in Relevant Kids, we discussed three proverbs: The Proverb of the Ant, the Proverb of the Lion, and the Proverb of the Honey. As a teacher on the rotating schedule for ReKids, I sometimes miss out on hearing the service live. Usually, when I miss out, I hear more than once that, "that service was AWESOME!" But, God in His wisdom and grace, speaks directly to me through the lessons in ReKids, and the time I spend with the children is such a blessing to my heart
So--shameless plug here--if you have been on the fence about serving in ReKids, get down and volunteer! It is an incredible opportunity.
The kids were really enthusiastic about the lesson this week. They all shared personal experiences pertaining to the message, and each story spoke straight to my heart. The Proverb of the Ant has really lingered with me for the past few days.
Proverbs 6:6-11 says, "6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man."
These are some pretty powerful words for both children and adults, but the Bible is so clear: Laziness is dangerous and does not honor God.
For the children, I used the examples of not cleaning their bedroom because they just wanted to sit around and play video games or not coming to church because they just wanted to sleep in on Sunday. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that I am too lazy sometimes, too.
It is common in our culture to glorify or poke fun at laziness. I have even joked about being lazy, as if it were just a quirky--or even honorable-- trait to have. "I'm just going to be sitting on my couch for the next several hours." or "I love naps too much to go with you. I'm super lazy!"
But, the more I learn about the character of Christ, the more I realize that He was always working for the Kingdom. He was always on mission for God. His hands were always busy.
Rest is good. The Bible is clear on that as well. Even Jesus took a break and commanded His disciples to do so.
"30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves." Mark 6:30-32
We need rest. We need to rejuvenate and allow our bodies, minds, and spirits to cool down, especially if we have been going, going, going for a long time. Being too busy too often can wear us down quickly. But, in the same way, chronic laziness can cause complacency, distance from God, and even more exhaustion.
Some of us have a distinct nature to go--to work hard with little or no rest. Some of us find ourselves resting more than doing. Some of us have figured out a nice balance between the two. Whether you are a goer, a rester, or a balancer, I encourage you to continue to seek God's desire for the way you spend your time. Too much down time can open doors for things that aren't holy or righteous. May we all be constantly working to further His Kingdom, as well as taking the rest that we need.