Finals are nearly over. I remember how relieved I used to feel when the semester finally ended. I could go home and relax. It was easy to just shut down everything, including my spiritual discplines. To this day when I reach the end of a milestone event and I am exhausted, I shut down. All I want to do is sit around the house and watch tv or surf the internet. For some reason I think that I will feel rejuvenated. To my dismay I often find the opposite is true. I lose all discipline.
What does the Bible say?
Provers 13:4 says, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
I have found that true in my own life. When I am diligently working on something that has kingdom value I am satisfied. Sometimes it means I am playing with my daughter or holding my son in my arms. Sometimes it is read the Bible or a good book. Sometimes it is a great conversation with my wife or a friend. It rarely includes sitting in front of my computer or television wasting time.
Choose to do something meaningful this Christmas break. Study a whole book of the Bible, or read a good book sitting on your shelf. Engage in a spiritual conversation with a friend. Whatever you do, don’t be a sluggard. Do something for the kingdom of God!