The boss man said to the lazy worker: “Do you realize that the worker next to you does twice the work as you every single day?” The response was priceless: “Yes, and I keep telling him to slow down but it doesn’t do any good.”

Friends, instead of trying to slow down others to make our lethargy look better, why not just choose to be more productive ourselves? It’s such a cop-out to spend time finding fault with others because doing so doesn’t cause us to accomplish more.

Let us resolve to do what we can with what we have at our disposal. For example, a turtle moves faster than a snail, but what if the Lord created us to move like a rabbit? What if the Lord created us to move like a cheetah? Rest assured, none of us were created to move like a sloth! Sloth is repeatedly spoken against in the Bible.

One of the greatest praises for a person in Scripture is what Jesus said in defense of Mary. She had poured out expensive ointment upon Him and this was in preparation for his upcoming burial. Apparently, Mary had been listening all along when Jesus would talk about being crucified at Jerusalem. The apostles heard it but refused to believe it. It wasn’t until after the resurrection that they understood what Jesus had been talking about.

Let us be like Mary and do what we can! With such, God is well pleased!

“Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me…she has done what she could” (Mark 14:6, 8).

Chris Kemp is pulpit minister at Northside church of Christ in Mayfield.

Chris Kemp is pulpit minister at Northside church of Christ in Mayfield.