When you were a child, did you ever feel like you couldn’t wait to grow up, so you could do what you wanted, when you wanted, instead of having someone else tell you what to do and when? Or maybe you couldn’t wait to tell someone else what to do. Funny, isn’t it, how we realize later that no one is immune from being subject to things like a boss, the government, or deadlines? There will always be someone at some point throughout our lives telling us what to do.
When my children were younger, I made up a chore sheet for each child. They themselves could decide when to accomplish their assigned tasks, unless they failed to do so. As the end of the week drew near or the chore was sorely in need of being done, I would tell them to git ‘er done—now—regardless of whether or not it was convenient for them. And if they complained, I would teach them the meaning of Proverbs 12:24, “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.” (ESV) They could either rule themselves or be ruled by someone else. They could either do the assigned chore when it was convenient for them or when it became necessary and possibly inconvenient. It really was their choice.
“The door of laziness is the boundary of suffering.” —Albanian proverb
“It is absurd that he should rule others, who knows not how to rule himself.” —Latin proverb
“Merit and fame never crown the lazy.” —Chinese proverb
We can be either self-driven, successful and happy, or driven by another and suffer.