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Inspired Living

The 4 Hour Life [Lie]

Sarah Stanley

The other day I was watching a Dr. Oz clip and the segment was called "The Lazy Girl's 4-Step Guide to Getting Healthy". It got me thinking that we live in a lazy society. We live in a world where everything is NOW, in "real-time", instant, fast food, 10 minute workouts, drive-thru, push-a-button-get-results kind of world. Why are the books 4 Hour Body and 4 Hour Work Week so popular? Because people want the least amount of work & effort and maximum results. Do you think Steve Jobs thought about how he could work with the less amount of time and effort? I highly doubt it- just look at his Apple empire. He worked hard. Think of successful people in your life- famous or friends. Each and everyone of them has made a commitment to give it their all and to work hard at whatever they are doing. You don't get anywhere in life when you sit on the lazy chair. You get results when you stand up and work hard.  

People want abs without changing the way they eat (don't want to "give up my soda").

People want to live on a beach without working for the beach.

People want to run a marathon without training or minimal training (don't want to get up early in the morning!).

People want empires without villages.

People want to lose weight with surgery instead of changing their lifestyle.

People want success without ever lifting a finger.

Are you lazy? Do you want the maximum results with the less amount of effort? If your attitude is to do the less amount of work possible, you will always fall short. And wonder everyone around you is making progress and you aren't.

God didn't make us to be lazy, he made us to be hard-working, diligent, persistent. There are plenty of Bible verses that explain this. Here are a few:

  • Proverbs 10:4 "Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich."
  • Proverbs 12:24  "Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave."
  • Proverbs 13:4 "Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper."
  • Proverbs 19:24 "Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth."

What's the difference between successful people and lazy people? Their commitment to work hard. They know that sacrifice is a reward far better than a cookie. Tempted to be lazy? You might want to think twice about that. When you work hard you get results. With laziness you get no where. You don't see lazy leaders. You see lazy followers. It takes a lot of effort to make a commitment to change your lifestyle, the way you eat, your work habits, your sacrifice to get up before the rooster wakes and go for a run/swim/ride/workout. The people that understand the principle behind hard work are the people that are making things happen and will see results.

Want a 4-step guide to results? Here you go:

#1) Hard work

#2) Sacrifice

#3) Commitment

#4) Dedication

If you are sitting in the back row and trying to do the least amount of work as possible, jump up and go to the front row and start giving it everything you have. When you give it your body, soul, spirt and mind, you'll have no regrets. Go work hard!

peace, sweat, love: life

photo credit: Loco Steve