The one symptom of pregnancy that has been most surprising to me is fatigue. Some afternoons I can barely function unless I first take a nap.
Because of my fatigue, I’ve been accomplishing less around the house. Laundry has piled up, I’m preparing easy meals instead of those I planned on our menu, and I’ve been cutting my workouts short.
Fatigue happens and is a legitimate reason to rest. However, I sometimes wonder if I don’t get sufficient rest but continue to use fatigue as an excuse so I can be lazy. Have you ever wondered where restfulness ends and laziness begins?
The difference between restfulness and laziness
Rest is when we get a break from work, strain, and activity. The Bible addresses rest, teaching us that it is good and endorsed by God. God rested after creating the earth (Genesis 2:1-3). He commanded His people to rest on the seventh day of each week (Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus encouraged his disciples to get rest (Mark 6:30-31).
The Bible also addresses laziness, which is being idle or unwilling to work hard. Of course, laziness is not good or endorsed by God. Laziness leads to poverty (Proverbs 10:4). Everyone should work and those who do not shouldn’t be allowed to eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12). We should complete all of our work as though we are completing it for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
Taking a nap, putting your feet up and watching a movie, or forsaking housecleaning for a few days may be restful or it may be lazy. How can you tell the difference? Here are some signs that I believe are indicators.
Signs you may need rest
- You can’t muster energy to complete even the tasks you love
- You develop a short temper
- You have trouble focusing on your tasks
- You feel tired at night but have a difficult time falling asleep because your mind is racing
Signs you may be lazy
- You procrastinate
- You feel apathetic
- You feel guilty when you “rest”
- You complain about situations, but are unwilling to take actions to change them
In light of these signs, I think I’ve definitely been in need of rest lately, but I’ve also been a bit lazy. It’s time to do something about this!
What about you? Do you ever find yourself using fatigue as an excuse for being lazy? How do you differentiate between needing rest and simply feeling lazy?