|Preparing to do nothing last week in Cancun.|
Lazy pastors become "busy" and work hard for two ignoble reasons:
- I am busy because I am vain. I want to appear important. Significant. What better way than to be busy? (Kindle Location 156)
- I am busy because I am lazy I indolently let others decide what I will do instead of resolutely deciding myself. I let people who do not understand the work of the pastor write the agenda for my day's work because I am too slipshod to write it myself. (Kindle Locations 161-163)
When God calls you to do something so that your doing is relevant because it emerges from your being-with God, then be relevantly busy and hard-working. But...
... re. #2 Peterson writes:
"By lazily abdicating the essential work of deciding and directing, establishing values and setting goals, other people do it for us; then we find ourselves frantically, at the last minute, trying to satisfy a half dozen different demands on our time, none of which is essential to our vocation, to stave off the disaster of disappointing someone…
… How can I lead people into the quiet place beside the still waters if I am in perpetual motion? How can I persuade a person to live by faith and not by works if I have to juggle my schedule constantly to make everything fit into place?" (Kindle Locations 166-171)