Peter and I both took the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program Years 1 and 2 when we first retired to Pennsylvania. The one of the hardest parts of the program for me was in the fall semester of Year 2 when we studied the 7 deadly sins. As a born-again Christian, I was quite sure that I didn’t commit any of those sins anymore, if ever. After all, I am a mature Christian and those things are way in the past!!
The past 18 months have been depressing and disruptive in our daily lives. Many of us have post-pandemic syndrome as we return to “normal” and resume our lives. Many of us started new hobbies, new crafts, and new daily rituals to cope with the quarantine/seeming house arrest! Others of us went into hibernation and did not do much of anything like me. Oh yes, I co-wrote my first book, but as far as daily life went, I didn’t do much of anything else but vegetate.
One of our daily devotionals is “God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life” by Timothy and Kathy Keller (Viking Press/Penguin Random House LLC, 2017). The readings from May 26th to June 2nd focus on the deadly sin of sloth. Hmmm . . . I learned that sloth is a form of laziness. Keller states that a famous writer defines sloth as “the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, etc.! The devotional talks about changing motives that would change the way you work. Sloth doesn’t finish things that it starts, doesn’t face things (procrastinates), doesn’t notice things, is destructive and progressive. Laziness is not just a temperament but a moral failing and a rejection of the dignity of work. It gives no real rest or reward. Ouch!
I recently went through a basket of unfinished counted cross stitch projects and found things that had been works-in-process for almost 20 years. I have been meaning to finish sorting through clothes and table linens to donate to a local charity shop for at least 6 months and they are lying around our bedroom! It seems that the clutter and dust bunnies pro-create overnight and I feel defeated every morning! I’m sure there is an element of depression from this pandemic in this dilemma, but I felt convicted by these devotional readings.
Only God can change my heart and heal me. On the cross, Jesus knew about my sins of procrastination, laziness and guilt. And He died for them! So, there is a future and a hope! O God, create in me a clean heart and restore a right spirit in me! Thank you, Jesus! Amen!