Do you ever feel lazy? Just flat out I-don’t-want-to-anything?

If you do, big hug … me too! If you don’t, watch out … it happens.

As I read posts and comments from you moms with preschoolers and young children I remember those days—the overwhelming feeling of my energy being sucked right out of me on a daily basis. I mean sheesh, it’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week and there is SO MUCH to do!

When mine were that age that’s when lazy first reared it’s ugly head! I got so tired of daily tasks that it was easier to be lazy and just not care. Let me rephrase that, it was easier to be lazy and just not care about my physical surroundings and myself.

For a while there, to cope, I went with lazy and I don’t care.  I gave in to the feelings of being pitiful and powerless. You know what I’m talking about:  So what if the house is a mess, who cares? It just looks “lived in.” So what if I’m a mess, who cares? Sweat pants with a pony tail is “a look!”  I knew my attitude was wrong and my excuses were just that—excuses, and lame ones.

However, as I embraced lazy there was this constant nagging in my spirit, that I needed to snap out of it. But snapping out of it would take work and I was enjoying lazy. Lazy was easy. Then I came up with the solution: I started praying for God to give me the desire to care again. I prayed that for quite a while … as I continued to be lazy. Then one day God gave me the solution, actually I like to say He hit me in the head with a brick:  “Tracey, you do not need desire, you need discipline.” Ouch. As 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God does not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

As I contemplated that scripture the brick struck it’s mark. I didn’t need to be praying for desire, I obviously had the desire—the constant prayer about it was evidence enough.  What I needed was the discipline.

So God provides the power, the love, the self-discipline. But look at that all-important word in front of discipline. Self. I had to stop the excuses, stop giving in to the timidity manifesting as laziness and get up off of my lazy, widening backside and care about my surroundings and myself.

Lesson learned.

As with all lessons, God has a healthy supply of bricks that He tosses at me when I falter. Actually, I  have several monster truck-loads of them that I have collected. To this day, when I start feeling overwhelmed, my default is … lazy.

Then I duck (here comes a brick), claim His power and muster up some self-discipline!

Be encouraged – if I can do it, you can do it!