It was my third Sunday Service in a new church, and I was beginning to settle in. I liked the Pastor; he delivers what I call the ‘Gospel Truth’. I like truth, you know the kind that we grew up hearing ‘hurts’. The hurt part is the shaping part that pulls you back in line with your faith. When I meet someone who speaks the truth, I like it served hot and spicy.
As I looked forward to the sermon, I couldn’t help but notice that the Pastor’s favourite chair was empty, not really empty but filled by another person, a much younger guy. As time for the sermon grew closer, Pastor was still missing. It was finally time for the Pastor to go up and ‘Young guy’ goes up and everything in me was saying ‘Where is Pastor? Who is this person?’
Well I wasn’t about to close my ears because from my experience, God likes to play a fast one on me and send a word through unusual people to remind me that He cannot be put in a box. I listened even though I thought his choice of topic was weirdly captioned but not totally unusual. I find that compared to the generations before us, people from my generation tend to funkify their sermon title. You know the same message, different methods school of thought. Well, he spoke and made a lot of sense and then he warned us that he was saving the best part for last, he did not want to be kicked off the stage with that part. Well the moment of truth came; he said many things that amounted to your walk with God is where it is because ‘You are LAZY’.
Chai! (Nigerian exclamation for What!) this guy just called me lazy.
For those who know me well, you can testify that I am a direct descendant of the Proverbs 31 woman, so it is not that kind of laziness. My version of laziness manifest in areas where I have full control like making investment in myself. It is the kind that depends on you and you only to get things done, you know those important things that you wish you could do more but give one million reasons why not. My personal development has often been put on hold or deferred in an imaginary wait for the perfect time. John Maxwell said, “How you see yourself will determine how you invest in yourself”, those words made me hurt even more. That is my own area of laziness, for others, it could actually be the classical laziness to do anything at all. That Sunday, the younger version of Pastor spoke the truth and this truth hurt and whipped me to shape immediately.
The following morning, the alarm rang, and as I moved closer to snooze it, those words rang in my ear. You know you heard a good word when it becomes the nagging still small voice in your head. I woke up and got doing, after about a week of rising when the alarm rang, I knew deep within me that all the times that I snoozed the alarm in the past or even made excuses, laziness was speaking loud and clear. When I acknowledged it for what it was, I began to take actions to change course. I find that sometimes, you need to call a spade, a spade to trigger the required action almost like a factory reset required to remind you of what you were created to do.
I was reminded that certain things will only happen if I consider them as important as eating, sleeping and breathing. So, if whatever you want to do is important, you will make time for it and do it. Mine was consistent and quality devotion time in the morning, I made several excuses including ‘God understands’. But that morning, I heard that the one reason why I am where I am is because of my laziness. By accepting that reality, I took steps and can now say I have gained private victory in my devotion life, my quest to read more books and finally an exercise routine that works for me and the family.
I looked inward, took responsibility and then I started all over; and this time I eventually closed the gap between good intention and action.
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