The word "SLUGGARD" is used 14 times in the book of Proverbs. In each case the Bible condemns laziness and warns of the consequences
of being a sluggard.
What is a Sluggard? A sluggard is someone who is habitually lazy or inactive. Such a person does not take personal responsibility for his/her own life. A lazy person - the person who never works but expects others to take care of him/her.
Marks of SLUGGARD:
They make Excuses - there is an explanation always for things not being done. They will always have an excuse for their failures.
They are Procrastinators - they have the ability to put off a task as well as not completing the task.
They Rationalize - they will have an plausible explanation for his/her decisions and behavior.
They take the path that is least Resistant - lazy, lacking diligence - taking the coarse of action that requires least action.
They require constant Supervision - they will need to be pushed, they will not take initiative.
They are self-seeking - always looking out for themselves - having no consideration for others.
They are Short-Sighted - only thinking of today, never planning for the future - never thinking ahead.
They tend to be a burden to others, being a taker and not a giver.
We must make sure that we do not follow the sluggards example of living. The sluggard was urged to go to the ant. The opposite of the sluggard is the person who is diligent, responsible, takes initiative, hard-working and cares about others.