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My Spiritual Laziness
by Christian Coutts
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My Spiritual Laziness

What is this craziness?
Speaking of my spiritual laziness
I work and serve my Lord
I pray and worship, rest assured

This laziness of which I speak
Is to my heart, which continues to seek
Ways in which I can be used
Of laziness I do not wish to be accused

But therein lies the bigger deal
My time, I allow the world to steal
So much before me that I can do
Yet these are the ones I donít see through

I take comfort in the little things
My time and money, small offerings
Yet much more needs can be done
In service to God, the Holy One

I ask for more ways to serve
Then from the offers I swerve
Intercessions for others fall away
Those times I say, then forget to pray

Of needs I can but do not meet
Or when I move God to the back seat
When I choose ways not to work
Overlooking the enemy that lurks

There is so much more I could do
To bring glory and honor to You
So the question is not craziness
Help me, Lord, past my spiritual laziness

Brothers and Sisters,

There have been times when I would say that I would pray for someone or some need. I may even pray then and there for the person then say I will continue to pray for this or that. Then there would be times I actual do as I said. Notice that those times seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

I have seen the unfortunate person looking for some help and have walked by without even looking their way. I have promised to write someone weekly and havenít. Even here at Faithwriters I long and plan to come online to support and encourage my friends and family of writers and then donít get around to it.

I am not saying that I do nothing for the Lord. I serve and I serve with passion. However, there is more that I can do. Some of it is as simple as remembering a need or greeting someone. There are so many times that I could do something that would be edifying, but choose to do something else (say watch TV or something)

This is a wake up call for me to get the most of my time here on earth to introduce people to Jesus and live to glorify God, the Father. If this helps wake you up or evaluate the use of your time then I pray that you learn and grow. Laziness comes in stages, first the little things then grows to the big things. God bless.

In Christ,

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Anita Johnson 19 Jul 2008
We are guilty of procrastination when it comes to serving. Our intentions are good but we let the world and flesh get in the way. I believe Jesus has his own way of curing us of this thing though. Great piece!! Anita
Elizabeth Hexberg 16 Jul 2008
Christian, 'we all fall short', but continue to strive to do better.Often it's like forward 2steps, and back 2steps,but the main thing is to keep on keeping on. Sometimes, (today) I feel just as you have described in this wonderfully written piece. I go to 1 John 3;20, 'For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things'. All we can do, is all we can do! and He loves us regardless. God Bless. Elizabeth.
Helen Dowd 12 Jul 2008
Many of us are guilty of Spiritual Laziness. Maybe we put it down to business. We can get so busy in a day that we forget to take time out to nurture our spirit. Thanks for the good reminder...Helen
Janice S Ramkissoon 10 Jul 2008
A wake-up call indeed! Thank you.
Judy Wilson 10 Jul 2008
As i sit here crying because you have described me to a (t). We all fall short don't we? This is so convicting and God is with you and me or we wouldn't care! Now to take heed. Thank you for listening to our Saviour and sharing your feelings. I admire honesty.
Danette Kettwich 10 Jul 2008
I think we have all been in this place in our lives- often more than we like or will admit. We get so busy with our daily lives that we forget the most important. And often all that it would require is just getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier! It's those few minutes that Satan tries to take over and use to distract us! I pray for this in my life also. Thanks also for all your encouraging words, they are appreciated, sorry I don't comment more,as I get these at work and try to keep it to a minimum. Love in Christ! D
Jody Goode 10 Jul 2008
This reminds me so of Paul when in his letter to the Romans (Chapter 7 Vs 14-25 NAS) said,

14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with (AF)the Law, confessing that the Law is good.
17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.
19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,
23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

You are not alone in this conundrum, Christian - anyone breathing, yet who loves our God understands! So, yes, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!", Who not only sees into our hearts and knows of our desire to do good and serve Him with our lives, but also has the power to use our desire to bring about His blessed results to His perfect end. So let's be aware of our conflict of natures (flesh vs spirit), but also, let's not beat ourselves up about it unto defeat, for that is the enemy's greatest tool to render us useless in our service to the King. Rather let's surrender our whole selves (both flesh and spirit) to the God of our salvation Who, for Him, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. AMEN!!! Blessings for a Son-filled day - Jody


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