When you consider the list of the “seven deadly sins” from the Middle Ages, one always seems a little bit…well…not quite so deadly. That sin is “sloth”. Sloth is laziness, it’s refusing to live out your vocation, in reality, it’s refusing to live.
Sloth is different from being tired or worn out and needing rest. Taking rest when you need it is actually a good and God-commanded thing (check out the 3rd commandment). God wants you to find the rest that you need and wants you to rest in Him.
But laziness isn’t rest, it’s death. It’s a refusal of the vocation (the God ordained thing that you as a human being), and a refusal of life. The French have an interesting word that helps us to describe it - ennui. Ennui is a pathological boredom that leads you to despair. It’s the effect of laziness, despairing of life.
This Lent we reject laziness. We reject the brokenness that laziness creates in our lives. We look to God for what He has given us to do, and we do it, because we realize that in His plan there is life. And we look to God for our rest, the rest that comes in realizing that in Jesus Christ all righteousness has been fulfilled and that our vocation becomes a joy and not a chore.
So live life, rest in God, thank Jesus. WE REJECT LAZINESS!