"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired..." ~ Jules Renard
I was trying to prepare my stuff together as I counted the slow 15 minutes before my shift was over. Then, the kitchen deputy showed up, bringing an injured inmate who was hobbling his way into the Clinic. The chart was given to me.
“I was lifting a milk crate when I accidentally dropped it on my right foot. It hurts so bad right now,” a young male inmate answered, grimacing as he spoke.
“Remove your right shoe so I can see.”
Slowly, he tried to slide off the blue, soft shoe as he bit his lips. On top of his right foot, redness and tenderness were visible and palpable. He could barely move his toes because of the pain.
Prior to talking with him, I had read his chart to get familiar with him. He was one of those inmate workers, working in the kitchen from 12:00 midnight to 12:00 pm. In his chart, he had a prior claim of feeling depressed. Except his reasoning was because he didn’t want to be there [working].
God only knew if he dropped the crate accidentally or he did it on purpose to sustain injury. Because when taken off of work, he didn’t need to work but his penalty [sentence] would still be deducted with the time he needed to serve to pay for the crime he committed. Day after day. Whether working or not.
[Some of them are that way]…I grabbed an ace wrap dressing and slowly and carefully, I wrapped it around his painful right foot to immobilize and provide a little relief to his right foot.
[They don‘t want to work!]….I prepared the hospital referral form and requested a deputy to take him to our county’s hospital to have his right foot be x-rayed.
[They are lazy!]…I told him to be patient until the transportation deputy showed up to take him to the hospital.
Because some of the inmates believe that they are entitled to all the benefits the jail has to offer. Yet, they contribute “nothing”.
Newton’s first law of motion says that “an object in motion tends to remain in motion, and an object at rest tends to remain at rest.” This can apply to us, people. Some of us are willing to complete plans or projects yet, for others, they need to be motivated just to accomplish something.
There is no room for laziness in a Christian’s life. Being a new creation, we are to be diligent and productive. Out of love for our Lord Jesus. The One Who redeemed us. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - Ephesians 2:10
God wants us to be awake, be involved and focus on others.
Are you lazier than these "2 people"?
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].