Weakness may hide in a fearful, apathetic or lazy attitude
I have learned that sometimes a person exhibiting bold and aggressive behavior is actually concealing their weakness or weaknesses. True weaknesses are indecision, failure to commit, lukewarm passion, muddy vision (or lack of vision) and the culmination of these: having no coherent plan for the future. Just so you are aware of my weaknesses, candidly, I have suffered from all of these weaknesses listed above at one time or another.
I served under an experienced sargent in the army who would say, “Do something, anything; you might learn something even if you are wrong.”
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
That spiritual assessment has a negative connotation and so does the secular corollary.
Maybe the verse’s meaning is clear to you? Perhaps not? . . .
. . . I may focus on this meaning in a future blog post in greater detail. For now, may I just point out this, manifesting an energetic attitude can alter your perspective even change your opinion while a dull lackluster attitude may lead you to an obscure unfulfilled life.
Doing nothing leads to destruction
Fight back; try harder; engage in proactive behavior.
Proverbs 13:4 ESV
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Proverbs 20:4 ESV
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Should one who does not contribute to the whole expect to receive the same share as a hard worker?
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
Some people view the sentiment that if a member of our society refuses to accept gainful employment (even fakes a disability) it is an archaic ultra-conservative view of the past, not to give them something or do something for them.
And some of these same people may promote some political ideology that espouses that in someway, the political system can, find a way to take care of everyone without cost. How is that possible? Those unable to contribute much if any (the old, the infirm, the very young) must be cared for but, those that can but do not work, should not simply be afforded a “free pass” and do nothing. Is there anything wrong with that standard? I say no.
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.