My husband often tells me I have a defeatist attitude and it makes me mad. But the truth hurts sometimes. 🙂 I do struggle with a lack of confidence. I think I’m incapable, not intelligent enough…maybe it stems from childhood bullying, but then again, maybe it’s just a character flaw! I believe in having faith in God and He will take care of all that concerns you, but at the same time…God’s not gonna come down and put together your new vacuum for you. He might send someone to do it for you, sure….but only if you really can’t do it yourself.
Though it may not be Biblical, I believe there’s some truth to the adage, “God helps those who help themselves”. The Bible does talk about laziness…
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
I’ve always loved verse 9. It used to remind me of my brother! (The one who set fire to the mower so he wouldn’t have to mow the lawn, haha!) He’s now a hard working, industrious father, so it’s cruel of me to divulge his slothful past, but…next thing you know he’ll probably be posting the infamous “Nudie-Butt” (baby!) picture of me online. All’s fair in love and war, I say.
You might wonder, what does all this have to do with my defeatist attitude? Sometimes it is pure laziness! You have to get off your heiny and TRY! I’m currently doing a fundraiser for my church, and I have very shaky confidence in my ability to pull this off. But I prayerfully considered it to begin with, and I’m praying for guidance along the way, and I’m praying for a good outcome. Meanwhile, I’m doing the best I can!
Because, in the end, it’s success has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with God.