work ethic

My Dog Ate My Homework: How to Work on Your Work Ethic

My cat ate my homework. She really did. The little fluffball was angry because I wasn’t giving her snuggles. Thus, she would have her vengeance. She started snacking on my piles of papers.

The excuse of “my dog ate my homework” is a classic. A replacement for admitting we were too lazy to complete the process. Laziness. It seems a term lost on a generation that is so “busy.” Rushing around between work, school, and volunteer work, none of us have time to be lazy. Unless, *gasp*, our laziness is evident through the amount of time we spend on social media, Netflix, and avoiding working on our real life relationships.

Proverbs 6:6-8

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

Looking to an ant as a role model is humbling. The tiny little creatures we can trample underfoot can outdo us in time management, teamwork, and productivity. Ouch go our egos.

Laziness can disguise itself in countless forms. The unwillingness to work fulltime. Avoiding the gym. Refusing to put extra thought into planning healthy meals. The acrobatic moves we all perform in trying to reach the remote without our bums leaving the couch. #RealTalk

Fostering a strong work ethic is a holy call. It’s not just something our moms instilled in us through whoopings and time outs.

Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

This verse calls us to be hardworking in every aspect of our lives, as an offering to the Lord. Some of us, however, rather sit this one out. Eat some Nutella. Binge watch “The Office.”

We often blame our laziness on outside sources. Too tired. Too uneducated. Too weak. But Proverbs 6:7 makes our responsibility clear when it says an ant “has no commander, no overseer, or ruler.”

We can’t blame our actions on others. Especially when it comes to our time management and work ethic. We can make a thousand excuses as to why we can’t give 100%, but excuses will only bite us in our blessed assurance later.

Our laziness can harm the people reliant on us for support, monetarily or otherwise. However, laziness has a huge effect on the perpetrator as well.

Proverbs 6:10-11

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

Poverty is a dark place to be. A wasted life even darker. None of us want to wake up to our 30th birthday and realize our existence has contributed nothing to the world. Our reputation is one of unreliability. We have no nest egg, accomplishments, or relationships (those take work too). The saddest thing, however, would be realizing we haven’t contributed to the Kingdom of God. All for a little rest.

Everyone has an aspect of laziness in their lives. Where they don’t give their all. A section in which an ant outdoes them. Again, ouch to the ego.

Laziness takes effort and consciousness to combat. Self-examination and reliance on God can reveal parts in our lives that need work. May we all work harder than an ant, squishing them with both our shoes and our work ethics.

Now, I need to go salvage my homework from my cat.