Whipping the devil – Day 39 – Sloth

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”  ~Malcolm Gladwell

…the harder I work, the luckier I get…JohnWooden

I know I’m running out of time on earth and the last thing I want to do is waste time.  If I’m not wasting time, then I am moving forward on my God-inspired plan and when that is happening I am ticking the devil off.

In his book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell researched and studied the greatest performers in the world in all types of capacities and activities.  What he found was natural talent was not the reason people are successful; talent is helpful, but success evolves from focused, repetitive effort.  He found those who practiced or worked at something at least 10,000 hours were the greatest at what they did.  My beloved Beatles, Gladwell points out, logged thousands and thousands of hours in bars and clubs before ever hitting the big time.

……an object at rest stays at rest…the devil loves for us to stay at rest.  He loves lazy people.  What good comes about by being lazy?  Get my point?

Fear of failure often causes us to not want to try.  We use excuses.  We procrastinate.  We sit and wait and wait and wait and wait.

Then we become comfortable in our “slothful” ways and the depression sets in, our health declines and the fear becomes bigger and the downward spiral is happening even though we are an object at rest.

Make a decision today to do something.  Pray about it, picture it, plan it and practice, practice, practice.

…I started “practicing” my writing four years ago when I started this blog which means I’ve logged about 1,000 hours so far.  This means I will be 89 before I hit expert status…looks like the world probably will not see that day, but it’s better than doing nothing. 🙂



Proverbs 13:4, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

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