Updated: Dec 27, 2020
(*This is part 1 of two posts I will be doing on the laziness topic. I will be posting the next one on "ways to stay motivated if you work from home.")
"If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” - Genesis 4:7 (NIV)
You might be surprised to hear that laziness and jealousy go hand-in-hand. Allow me to explain:
One of my motivators is growth.
What do I mean by this? Well, one of the driving factors in my life is how much growth I am seeing amongst myself and other people. If I am unable to see growth in what I am doing, I start becoming depressed. When I become depressed, I start becoming unmotivated. When I become unmotivated, I start becoming lazy. When I become lazy, I get very little done, and it is hard for me to pick myself up again and do the work I need to do. Then I start comparing myself to other people. I become jealous of the girl who has a more successful blog or podcast than I do. I mix anger, depression, and jealousy together, producing hatred for other people. It is a horrible, sinful, and vicious cycle.
Recently, I have been seeing almost no growth whatsoever. In fact, I have seen an active decline of views on my website, podcast, and social media platforms. Topping it off, I am terrible at keeping a schedule and always have been. Right now, it would be easy for me to sleep in every morning, shut-down, or give up completely and start comparing myself to other people. But I am not going to do that.
In my latest podcast episodes, I have been discussing Cain and Abel. Most of you probably know the story: Cain kills his brother Abel due to the fact that he was jealous that God liked Abel's offering, but did not like Cain's offering. Usually the story ends there. But this time, I observed a little tidbit of Scripture that I had never noticed before.
God comes to Cain before Cain commits murder:
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” - Genesis 4:6-7