Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. (Jules Renard, French author)

Resting is important. We do need to take time to rest; our bodies need relaxed time to recover energy and strength. But, as Renard suggests, to “take 5” when there is work to be done and time is critical, your resting may just be the laziness he refers to. Be sure to take time to rest, but don’t use excuses for avoiding the work that needs to be done and that you’re capable of doing.

Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. . . . Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. (Proverbs 10:4; 13:4)