Enemy Behind the Line- LazinessJanuary 5, 2012
This series began with the first blog article entitled; “The Enemy Behind the Lines-The Lie” which focused on the lies Satan has convinced many of the men of today in believing. In 2011, I fell victim to one of the most silent of the enemies, the ninja if you will: Laziness.
Let’s be real, it’s hard being a man, much less a Christian man. With the world of our jobs, our families, the battles we all face internally, trying to push through can be quite overwhelming. The “I’ll do that tomorrow” is always one of the last thoughts seeping through our mind before we slip off to sleep. We don’t intend to be lazy, but one thing about laziness is that it sometimes just happens.
For starters, in 2011, I fell off the wagon. Looking back, I think I only posted five or six articles the whole year. I know that may not seem like a huge act of laziness, but to be honest, it was a symptom of a larger problem. I got buried in my job and projects, and… well, is there really a good excuse. The truth is, if I’m posting regularly, it usually means that I am having to do some research or preparation prior to. Most of the research or inspiration for these posts come from what God is doing in my own heart through my own time with Him. Sad to say, last year, I just got lazy. I fell into the trap.
Romans 12:11 – Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.
What is zeal? It can be defined many ways, all of which most of us fall short. Staying in the Word helps keep this fervor alive and moving, but we let so many things get in the way. It’s all too easy to let our schedules take over and not tithe our time.
So how do we guard against this enemy? Here are a couple of thoughts:
1. Admit it is there. As with the other enemies behind the line, you have to admit there is a problem or an area of concern before you can start allowing Christ to work on you. Also, there is some freedom in admitting you have been lazy and not taken the necessary focus off of you and placed it on Christ and HIS will.
2. Tithe your time. Once you battle the issue of tithing your money and remembering you are merely a steward of what Christ gives you, the next battle is remembering to tithe your time. It doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning, but if that works for you go for it. You’ll find it is like working out physically, once you get into it, you will find yourself somewhat addicted and needing this time with Christ.
3. Pray with your family. As if #2 wasn’t hard enough, this one is the bigger obstacle. My family and I started this as preparation for Christmas doing the Countdown to Christmas Plan. What we found was the kids really enjoyed it and we all did something many families don’t do anymore… talk. I mean really talk. We got to hear our kids’ fears, questions, help them understand things we just assumed they would know about the Bible. It really got to be an amazing time. One of the great things about doing this, is it reminds you of your role in the family and helps you be reminded that Christ calls us to love our wife and children. How better to love them than to pray with them, lead them in a study. More importantly, turning off the TV and whatever other “noise” to just be with family is a major win in today’s world. How does this help laziness? Have you ever tried telling a child, “No I just don’t feel like doing our bible study tonight?” Um yeah, if you can get that phrase out of your mouth, there are bigger problems at hand. Once you get into it, you will be blessed by what Christ does with the time. Perhaps the most moving part every night for me as a man, husband, and dad was to hear my children praying. I found it helps me remember why Christ said we have to be like children.
Hope this helps you at least take a look at where the enemy is hiding. If you’re doing that, chances are, you’ll find the ninja soon enough! Now, get off the computer and go spend some time in God’s word first by yourself, and then share it with your family. Looking to a better, more disciplined 2012.
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About the Writer:
Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.
As a husband and father of three, Trent Cotton has a passion surrounding the role Christian Men are to play in their families, communities, churches and businesses. This particular blog is dedicated to helping men take back the role that we have lost in society.