Eating the Bread of Idleness

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my mind loves to go on rabbit trails.  Rabbit trails that can last for hours. Rabbit trails that can range from King Henry VIII’s wives to how cashews grow and everything in between. (But, seriously, have you seen how cashews grow?)

I can plop down onto my couch with the greatest intent to write 500 words for the day or a free verse poem or two and my mind has become so distracted to where it’s been blown completely off course for what my goals were for the day.

Today, as I was reading Proverbs 31, I came across verse 27:


Prov. 31:27

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”


I had previously underlined “eateth not the bread of idleness” in blue ink, but had ultimately forgot that I had underlined the powerful words until I came across them again during my devotions.

The Proverbs 31 woman doesn’t sit around eating bread when she knows she has things to do.

What good does it do to sit around thinking about our to-do lists instead of actually getting them done?

God never wants us to be stagnant. Whether it’s growing closer to Him or even just around the house, God never intended us to just sit around for long periods of time accomplishing nothing for Him.

If we all chose to be idle and never do anything, how many souls would be saved, how many people would actually be happy with their lives?

Hint: not many, but we can change that.

Daily we have to die to self.


Luke 9:23

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”


Intentionally day by day choosing to obey God in the big and little things.

He chose you. He chose me to be a light for Him in all that we do.

How can we be a light if we choose to sit around doing nothing?

Today, when we really want to click on that link and see how a spider spins its web or find the BEST recipe for guacamole – while there’s nothing wrong with that – will we let it consume us and the next few hours, or choose to quickly find what we’re looking for and continue about our day?

Let’s determine to not eat the bread of idleness and stay focused on the tasks God has for us.


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