Lion in the Street: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (February 17, 2017)

Proverbs 22:13
The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be slain in the streets!”

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                              Photo  Credit: Travis Jervey (Wikimedia)       

Look! There’s a lion in the street! My dog ate my homework! I left my binder in the car. My mom made me do extra chores. I had to get ready for the big game. I didn’t know how to do this and there was no one to ask. My hand was too tired to write any more. My eyes wouldn’t stay open. I lost my HAS form.

It is not hard to make an excuse. It is not hard to find a way out of responsibility. The lazy man is good at this. The lazy woman is the most creative excuse-maker in the world.
I know this truth from personal experience. I know this because I am the father of four children. When it is time to pick up the ten thousand Legos on the bedroom floor, my children are all magically seized by the need to go to the bathroom. If that does not work, they are suddenly all deathly tired and need to take a rest. Leg cramps. Headaches. Hunger pangs. I know an excuse when I hear one.

What excuses do you make? Are you a lazy person? Are you quick to see lions in the way of getting to your work?

Remember this proverb and instead of making excuses, make a plan. Instead of talking about all the reasons why you can’t get it done, be quiet and show everyone how you can. King David – he slew lions to get his work done. So can you.

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