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  • Writer's pictureJulie Gross

I Love Jesus, but I am Lazy Sometimes

So, there it is. I said it. I am lazy. Wow, that wasn’t fun to admit, but here I am sitting at home in the midst of a SD blizzard (this was written in January 2023), lounging in my recliner with a cat on my lap. I am a college teacher between semesters, and I am being lazy.

How lazy is lazy? It’s funny because there was just a conversation in a chat group of my friends about lazy days. Someone asked if they had been in pajamas all day, should they then get dressed at 4 p.m. or just put on clean pajamas. I voted for the pajamas. I love days where I can stay in pajamas all day. But that doesn’t mean I don’t accomplish anything during those pajama days. Take today for instance. I washed some laundry, I folded and put away some other laundry, I met for a virtual play practice for two hours, I wrote this blog, I will work on our social media platforms for Unfinished Women later tonight, I plan to go out and run the snow blower here shortly, and I will probably study my lines again for the play. That’s a pretty productive day.

I don’t really think I am lazy all the time. During the school year, I’m pretty busy, and I get done what I need to get done, including grading assignments, planning lessons, teaching classes, communicating with students and co-workers, going to meetings, volunteering at church, being a mom and a wife and a friend, but there are some evenings and some weekends and some holiday breaks when I like to rest. Ah, maybe that’s it–maybe there is a difference between being lazy and resting.

I think sometimes we need to rest, rest our minds and our bodies. The pace of life can be overwhelming and can sweep us up and away from where our focus should be. I mentioned in a previous blog that my word for the year is going to be “focus,” and I think that staying focused sometimes requires us to rest.

At the beginning of the school year, Michelle and I made a short video for our social media, and we were tired. We were preparing for the semester, and we were just tired, and the verses that we kept coming back to were these: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Sometimes we do get weary and tired, and we just need to rest. God can provide that for us. Now when I’m relaxing in my recliner, it would be a good idea to take some time to read God’s word and not just binge another show on Netflix. If God provides me the time to rest, I need to be mindful of that time and rest in such a way that helps me to stay focused on Him and His will for my life.

Thank you, God, for snow days and days where we have so much snow we can’t leave the house, which gives me the opportunity to rest. For that, I am grateful.

Thanks for reading, friends.



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