I am reading a book and a quote by Anne Lamott jumped off the pages for me. “For a life oriented to leisure is in the end a life oriented to death—the greatest leisure of all.” Wow, this shocked me so much! Though I know it’s true, to have it stated so succinctly is amazing.
Laziness and Leisure
Where this was challenged the most for me was in the shepherding field. When I had a flock of sheep, my leisure and ease was negligible. Just because I didn’t want to or was too tired, my responsibilities didn’t care. They called me forth like a child to a lactating mother. I had to do it. There was no alternative.
Now that I don’t have sheep, where can I see this? It’s in the little details that I can choose to neglect. Little things I have to do to maintain my health. Or those tasks which maintain order in my home or workplace. Even the hours I can waste in frivolous web activity. All of these lead to death. Not only in the moment but also as a habitual pattern that bleeds over into other areas of my life that are more important.
We were put here on this earth to rule. Our ultimate life intention isn’t retirement and leisure, it’s work. Now if you have read my posts for any amount of time, you know that I believe the work is not mine, it is His life in me as me, not me. Or then there is my famous saying, “Effort is blasphemy!” So I am not saying, “Go to work, you lazy bones.” What I am saying is that leisure is not the goal. Heaven is not our Club Med, hahaha, and this earth isn’t an easy ride for coasting. Though His yoke is easy and His burden is light (His Life), it’s not free of my responsibility. We don’t flourish in leisure. We thrive within our responsibilities, mundane or important alike, blooming where He has planted us. Everything else is just death, the greatest leisure of all.