“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:” Proverbs 24:33Text — Proverbs 24:30-34
Sleep is a state of rest and it is a gift of God to human beings. God designed that sleep should be in the night after the day’s work. Sleeplessness can lead to serious health problem. When a person sleeps, the body refreshes and prepares for another day of labour. However, as good as sleep is, it can become excessive and can be abused. Sleep should be done out of need, not because of idleness. The Bible refers to idleness as slothfulness. A slothful child is a lazy child who does not want to work. Such a child enjoys these things: sleep, eat and play. His daily life activities revolves around these three things; a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.
When a child is lazy and enjoys these three activities of sleep, play and eat, what will be the outcome?
(i) School assignments would be left undone (ii) No preparation for tests and other academic activities (iii) Memory verse for the week would not be learnt (iv) Daily Bible Reading would not be done (v) Failure in examination (vi) No academic prize won at the end of the year (vii) Repetition of the same class.
A slothful child cannot achieve excellence. You must make up your mind today that laziness and slothfulness will not rule your life. Be a hardworking child and the top is your place. You will be above only
Prayer for today
Oh Lord, deliver me from laziness and idleness. Make me a hard-working child.