Thursday, July 10, 2014

 

 

I’ve always suspected that Americans are a bit lazy. Look at the obesity problem. Consider the massive growth of mindless entertainment from extreme fighting to reality TV. Think about who our heroes are. Many are famous only for being famous. A new set of statistics out this week from the American Time Use Survey blasts the myth that Americans are overworked and overwhelmed. Here is the reality. Americans . . .

  • Sleep an average of 8.48 hours a day (9.34 hours on weekends).
  • Spend 5.26 hours a day in leisure activities, mostly watching TV.
  • Even the employed with small children manage 3.44 hours of leisure a day.

Now do you think my assessment is unreasonably harsh? Of course, I realize that YOU aren’t one of these statistics. But just in case you find yourself too often hitting the snooze button or watching yet another rerun of “Real Housewives” of whatever, consider these stats.

  • One in six Americans is at risk for hunger.
  • One in five female children has been a victim of reported sexual abuse.
  • 28% of all youth ages 14 to 17 have been sexually abused.
  • Seven million children live in families with severe partner violence.
  • 500 women are raped or sexually assaulted every day.

The question I ask is this: With all the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs around us, why are we sleeping on the job? Suppose you slept 2-3 hours less every week. What constructive activity could you accomplish with that time? What if you swore off entertainment TV for a week? How much of that time could you invest in the life of some hurting person in need? Why not ask your priest or pastor what needs in the church could use a helping hand? Remember the words of Proverbs 6:10:A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a bandit.


An encouraging word: SEPARATED FROM GODIsaiah 59:2 warns, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God.” Some people complain that God doesn’t hear their prayers. They gripe that some terrible thing happened and accuse the Almighty by saying, “Where was God? He should have done something to stop my miserly.” There is no simple answer that suffices as response to all these objections against the Lord, but a better idea is to look in the mirror instead shaking one’s fist at the heavens. When your petitions seem to go unanswered or life’s misery seems unwarranted, the problem could be you. Perhaps it is your own sin and rebellion that has prevented the Lord from acting on your behalf.


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