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Read Proverbs 6:9-11; 24:30-34.
9. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11. So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

30. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34. So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

MEMORISE: Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger (Proverbs 19:15).

On this World Youth Skills Day, it is important to remind ourselves of facts about laziness. Laziness is an act of not willing to work. It is also called slothfulness. Laziness has never bred success. Laziness cuts across all genders. There are terribly lazy women as there are men. What do you call a woman who does not prepare her husband's food at the right time and can't keep her home clean? Also, we have men who sit at palm wine spots from morning till evening while their women go out to fend for the household. Such are lazy and shameless men! The farm of lazy man is often bushy, his house dirty, his body most-often unkempt, and his stomach is hunger-invested. The following describes a lazy person: never a giver, rather often a beggar; good at giving excuses (Prov. 26:13); does not see possibilities (Prov. 26:15); and always unwilling to work. A lazy person loves sleep and pleasure (Prov. 24:33), and depends on others for survival (Prov. 34), He or she is good at gossiping rather than working (Prov. 26:16-17). There is no sport or event that is designed for lazy people.
Go through this checker to determine your attitude towards work. It will reveal your true position, whether you are lazy or diligent. How productive are you? When responsible is dropped at your table, how do you feel? How useful are you? Do you have a goal? How do you feel when what you are not paid for is thrown at you in the workplace? Do you love serving? Do you have an agenda for each day that you pursue? You will be able to get a correct assessment of yourself, if you do this objectively. Jesus came to work: '...for I must do the work of Him who sent me while it is day.' Time is life. Rise and start to invest your time in meaningful and productive ventures.

1. Lord, help me to overcome every tendency and unproductive ways of life that negate my growth and development.
2. Lord, give the grace and power to do valiantly and become useful for those to whom You sent me.
3. Lord, help our youths to imbibe the Spirit of godliness, industry, service, humility, and cooperativeness.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Nehemiah 7; Hebrews 4

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