Day 24 on 30 Days On Dads: Teaching Our Kids Not To Be Lazy


This morning during our family bible study time, we covered Proverbs 24. Verses 30-34 really jumped out to me, as I thought about how lazy I am today and definitely was as a young man.

30 I went past the field of the sluggard,past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

We all have 168 hours per week and as Todd Henry says in his blog post titled, Do You Really Need More Time?, he writes:

“Each of us has 168 hours in a week. If you spend 8 hours per day sleeping (generous!), and 10 hours per day (x 5 days) working/commuting, and 2 hours per day eating, that leaves 48 hours per week for discretionary activity.

48. Two full days.

4 hours per day every single day for family activity? No problem. Now you have 20 hours left.

5 hours per week for hanging out with friends? Now you have 15 hours left.”

(I highly recommend Todd’s podcast and blog)

So, how are you spending yours?

One thing is for sure, I know my kids could really define whether I’m actually busy or not.

So what do you think about this verse? Does it describe you? Whether it does or not, are your children developing any of these bad habits?






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