1.28.2013

Jesus Doesn’t Do Lazy.

No amount of religion or spirituality can replace good old fashioned hard work.

There are a lot of excuses that we  use to justify not working as hard as we should. One of the most deceptive excuses is religion.

Instead of getting back up after a failure or trying a little bit harder along the way, we use the excuse that “if it was supposed to happen it would have happened” — inferring that some Higher Being controls how hard we try or not.

Which is just silly. And self-limiting.

You can’t blame your laziness on some flimsy explanation about predestined failure.  That doesn’t even make sense.   You alone control if you give in, give up, or slow down.  No one else.  You are the “all powerful” decision-maker.

There’s a direct connection between how hard you work the success that you achieve. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. Hard work always gets you better results. Laziness always ends up in failure.

Bringing God into the discussion might make you sound a bit more spiritually sensitive, but won’t increase the odds of you being successful — no matter what success means to you personally. In fact, that type of thinking will just guarantee that you end up failing just as often as you have in the past.

It’s hard to fight for what you believe in.  It’s stressful to lose sleep because you’re focused on getting things done.  It’s tough to keep trying even everyone around you is telling you that you need to “be reasonable” and give up your grand ambitions.

But waving religion around as an excuse doesn’t change one bloody thing.

You’ve got to be willing to do what it takes.

Day after day after day after day. That’s the secret to success — trying harder.

Jesus doesn’t do lazy. So stop using him as your excuse.


  • http://twitter.com/TomGTR Tom Rochford

    I’m glad to see you address this “old saying” and apply it to the fallacy that Jesus wants us to fail. If you are a true believer, then the statement should be saying that you didn’t work hard enough to make it happen.

    Maybe you didn’t work enough because you weren’t totally convinced it was a good deal. It could be that the other party thought the same.

    The same is true of athletes as well. Most athletes are not overnight wonders. They’ve worked thousands of hours more than the rest of us to achieve their success. At the moment of the big game they are either totally focused or not. Often, that level of concentration will mean the difference between teams or individuals as to who wins or loses.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Well said, Tom. So well said…

      What you do has a better impact than bind luck, chance, or the influence of a higher being. :-)

      Dan

  • Laura MacPherson

    Love this! Religion is used as an excuse for a lot of things, and this is one of the worst.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      And it is tremendously self-limiting. There are a lot of excuses that we make. Add “God” to the equation might sound important, but is just a horrible excuse.

      Dan

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  • Louise

    I’m a follower of Jesus, and just went through a hard time to get back on my feet. I found that whenever a door closed, – when I kept trying, a window would open. I was eventually able to achieve my goal with His help. There were times I would have to say that if this was to happen, I needed some help here – and that window would open… It’s a shame too many people give up at the first difficulty that crops up.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Amazing how that happens, ehhh? You can pray on your knees and still keep moving on your feet. :-)

      Dan

      p.s. Don’t give up now.

  • http://twitter.com/reachue Ugo

    This is a great article. People believe things will just fall in their hands when actually GOD gave man ‘Free Will’ to make the movements needed.

    Of course, if you really do try and things don’t work out then it maybe it was not suppose to happen but most people don’t REALLY try.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Well said, Ugo. You probably wouldn’t tell people that “you” had nothing to do with your biggest successes — so why do that with your failures?

      Dan

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