Thought: Dangers of Idleness | Neil Thomas Mani

​“Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
It’s an inspiring quote by Mother Teresa.

We all have a habit of delaying our work, without any particular reason. And that is due to idleness or laziness. We neglect this behaviour in our childhood days. But later it becomes more frequent and eventually develops into a habit.

Idleness is something that God dislikes. Haven’t we read the proverb? “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. Have we ever thought about its deeper meaning? Yes, it’s a true saying. Idleness opens door for the devil to enter our mind. Indeed, we find many warnings against idleness in the Bible. The book of proverbs gives several insights to keep away from idleness. In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 Paul says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat”.

Idleness does have a many negative effects on our life which we often don’t realize. Here are some of the primary dangers of Idleness:

1) Idleness leads to excuses.
2) Last minute stress and tension.
3) Poor performance in our activities.
4) Leads to bad health.
5) Leads to negative thoughts and Sin

Now let’s see what can be done to overcome this.
1) Strong determination.
2) Self-Motivation
3) Always fill your mind with positivity.
4) Try out different ways to make the process interesting.
5) Keep moving forward.
6) It is always better to do your work today itself, without delaying it any further.

We should never waste our time on meaningless actions. “Our actions today determine the path for our future”. “Who we are tomorrow, begins with what we do today”. Our future is a summation of our actions today, not what we did or did not do yesterday. “The past is our lesson, the present is our gift, and the future is our motivation”. So, “Learn from the past, live in the present, believe in the future and prepare for it”.

We can’t go back and change the beginning, but we can start from where we are and change the ending. Also be careful how we think, because our life is shaped by our thoughts. And our thoughts determine our actions. If you want to be successful in your life, then take all the necessary actions and work hard until you make it a reality.

We are the architects of our own life. “The best way to predict our future is to create it.” Always lead a life according to the Word of God. Our Lord is faithful, and He will keep us safe from the evil one. May our Lord strengthen us to fulfil all our duties and keep us pure as God’s perfect children.

Let me conclude with a quote from the former President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. “You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits and surely your habits will change your future”.

Neil Thomas Mani



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