How to Combat Sloth – The Spiritual Combat, 20.

The Spiritual Combat

The Spiritual Combat, Chapter 20: How to Combat Sloth

“I don’t care.” We don’t need to say it to live it.  In any area of my life where I live this ‘I don’t care-ness’, sloth has moved in.  And, as it is opposed to my walk with Jesus, it is very dangerous.  Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, mind, soul. Not part, and not simply when you feel like it.

Three main points of counsel to battle against sloth / laziness / apathy / “later” attitude:

1) Stay focused on what pertains to your life, to your good, to your perfection.

2) Obey God when He inspires you, in a timely way and in the way He wants. (this also includes obeying your legitimate superiors, be it a parent, a boss, a government)

3) Don’t delay.  “I’ll do it later” isn’t an option.  Grace is always in the present, and reward is also in the present.

A few more tips and warnings regarding sloth:

Sloth gives you a lazy heart and a cloudy mind.

We must do our work not just timely, but also with quality.

Haste is a subtle form of sloth. (I work quickly, and poorly, so I can then be idle and lazy.)

Recognize the value of your work, and you will do it well.  Value before God; value for sanctification.

All our work is preparing reward in Heaven.

the slothful are losing Heaven.

When things seem too much, or too hard, remember: one at a time.

If “pray always” seems too much, remember: pray now, and you will pray always.

Both in work and prayer, breaks are okay so as to refocus the effort, but don’t break too long.

Sloth will spread and attack all virtues.

Your life is preparation for a wedding feast; don’t forget what you are preparing for.

REMEMBER:
He who gives you the morning doesn’t promise you the evening.
He who promises you the evening doesn’t promise you the morrow.

REMEMBER:
He who gives you the morning doesn’t promise you the evening.
He who promises you the evening doesn’t promise you the morrow.

Spend each hour as if it might be your last.

A busy day is a lost day, if it does not increase your holiness or your thankfulness to God.

The Spiritual Combat text: here.

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Chapter 21: Moving from Exterior Senses to the Contemplation of the Divine