Sloth: A little sleep here, a little sleep there

Writer’s block, I definitely had it while writing out this post. It’s a trip alongside the theme park of your own choice with the mortal sin that can end out producing it. Named a capital sin due to its ability to give rise to other sins, Sloth is the kind of inactivity that can lead to sleeplessness and depression.  In retrospect, it can be seen as the opposite of spiritual happiness, by succumbing to the deadly sin of Sloth we lay ourselves more open to the crippling effects of depression. Depression is both a spiritual matter and mental one.

[pl_blockquote]“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep and an idle person will suffer hunger” Pr. 19:15[/pl_blockquote]

What is a sign of falling to the sin of Sloth?

Well, you who are college kiddos, definitely pay attention here. In research, the closest and most definitive factor you are falling prey to Sloth is procrastination. The key indicator, procrastination makes us put-off what needs to be done today, the chances are high that we’re putting up an idle life. A great strategy to combat this and be effective in your life is to do the most unpleasant task of the day first. The worst task done first makes the day seem far easier.

Of course, any discussion of Sloth in the present day is unsatisfactory lacking in view of television; with its donations of brain paralysis, along with its collaborator in crime, the infamous Couch Potato.  As well as taking into account committing six other deadly sins at the same time; eating too much while watching, getting angry at the news, jealous of the celebrities, lusting for certain people,  coveting certain items, and being perversely proud at the safe distance you are from whatever natural disaster occurred FAR away from you.

Sloth though, is not merely a matter of the material life we have, but obviously of the spiritual as well. Spiritual fatigue can cause us to retreat into a shell of ourselves, and this is exactly why Paul urges the Galatians not to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9) Meaning, we shall keep our reward that shall be our in Christ. Like every of the Seven Deadly Sins, Sloth must be battled against, even if our society makes it possibly one of the hardest to combat.

The biggest problem combating Slothfulness is the fact that you might be too lazy already to engage the beast in battle. You think you should put it off until tomorrow, oh yes, a wonderful idea; but it shall only lead you down the path of lazy destruction.

Modern man has become the Sloth, sorrow about God. The technology and advancements nowadays have perhaps influenced this, or perhaps cults, whatever it may be; there’s a belief that God is dead to the modern man. This very belief produces destruction within our own soul and does nothing to help us in the long run, much like procrastination itself, a tangent and assistant to Sloth.

“Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.” Eccl. 10:16

That house will become dirty, dear friends, if you cannot find yourself to tend shop and take care of business… The honor of the house will be desecrated, it’s weakened; and all this through the slothfulness of self-seeking of those that should be…  Search for God, “you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:12)

Lust: An Undesired Sin

Lust is a deadly sin, of that we are sure. A powerful sentiment, lust governs over that which is strong desire; a feeling that grips your heart and holds tight. Lust has its origins in both the heart and within the mind, and it comes in countless forms and fashions. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil beheld a fruit that Eve lusted for; she took that fruit and committed the original sin, alongside Adam. Lust is written as a great desire or powerful want for a certain object; whether it be another person or down to a wondrous fruit.

Which is why a clear focus is what is truly needed:

[pl_blockquote]Galatians 5:16-18 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[ you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.[/pl_blockquote]

Self-Control, holding yourself back from those strong desires and powerful pulls toward something you lust over; whether it be money, power, or even sexual advances, as it’s generally described in today’s society. Those very materialistic qualities that exist on our dear Earth have an alluring nature, and can become something bigger than at first thought.

Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

For those are your idols, those that you have created through the lustful desires; objects or people that have been placed upon a pedestal above, and held in higher regard than God. Go, run and flee from the darkness of idolatry and return to the wonderful light. What form of friendship can the light have with the darkness?

We are transparent beings, that much can easily be noticed. Our society nowadays has given into the material desires far more than it did back then. With all the television shows, the electronic devices, and technical gadgets that fly about our heads, it’s not really surprising that we’ve been so preoccupied to pay such little attention on focusing on God.

Self-Control and a strong will to focus on the spiritual more than the physical will push through when reading the Word. That much is assured, you shall indefinitely find your enlightenment within the texts of the Bible, as God will to help you along the way.