My Granny, who could see through walls, would say “Hell is no escape and neither is the toilet” when I used prolonged bathroom visits as an excuse for not doing my chores.

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets”. [Excuses-excuses]. “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth”. (Proverbs 26:13&15 – Ssssies!

We’re not talking about having a lazy day. This is character defining. Bottom line – laziness not only reflects badly on you but also on Jesus. Our actions portray what we believe to be true.



I am of the opinion that the human body was not designed to run unless chased by a big beast, sporting big teeth, evil eyes and grievous intent. Proverbs 28:1a ( seems to support this view, “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them” (mic drop).

But then there’s the rest of the verse, “but the godly are as bold as lions” Proverbs 28:1b ( It is the character of a lion (the stuff inside) that makes it King of the Jungle. So young Simba, fill up with godliness so that you may stand boldly for righteousness – and make King Jesus proud.



Franz was a bit of a spoilt brat who thought he knew best. He started saying and doing foolish things against his friends and family’s better judgment. Long story short, he was assassinated by a group called “The Black Hand”. Then, those on one side unfriended those on the other leading to a few fisticuffs (which lasted over 4 years and left around 17 million dead, aka World War 1) – all because Franz would not listen.

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) Don’t be a “Franz”. Listen to people who listen to Jesus.

Check out Proverbs 14: 12-13 (



Proverbs 12:25 ( says “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad”.

There is so much negativity in this country, so much to worry about. These are the things that tend to dominate our conversations.

I want to challenge you to start speaking good and kinds words, more than the anxiety kind of words. We underestimate what a difference this can make in someone’s life. Let’s be people who focus on and point out the good in our country, our friends and our schools. Where hearts are heavy, let’s plant seeds of joy!