No Time For Idleness

S. O. A. P.

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Ecclesiastes 11:6

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.


King Solomon, the wise man, said that we need to work day and night. The kind of work we do will be different at those times. Yet, with different types of investment come different yields. We never know which one will yield what and when. But sometimes, both efforts will yield at the same time. The point is, there is “No Time For Idleness.”


Many people ask me, “Pastor Rich, how did you get your doctorate at such a late age?” It is true that when I started back to school, I hadn’t been in school for nearly forty years. I was wondering if I could succeed. At the time I started, I figured it would take me seven years, which it did. I thought, Wow if I do this, I won’t receive my doctorate until I’m sixty-seven. Then an old line came to my remembrance. Years ago, I was speaking to my mother-in-law and said, “Mom, if I do that, I’ll be forty when it’s finished.” She responded by asking me, “How old will you be if you don’t?” The truth is that time marches on. What I discovered in the process was that although I was the pastor of a growing church with a healthy travel schedule and responsibilities that seem endless, I had still wasted so much time in my life. That’s right. Some hours were spent doing nothing. Once I began to sow in the morning and work in the evening as well, my entire life changed and began to produce more than I thought possible. And, what I discovered was what Solomon put forth in this passage, there is “No Time For Idleness.”


Dear Jesus,

I ask that my health and work and life all end on the same day. I want to work until I die! You have taught me that for the Believer, there is “No Time For Idleness.” Amen

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