My baby sloth is so adorable.  She is so cute, sometimes I sit and cuddle her for hours at a time. I suppose if my sloth was ugly, she would not be such a distraction, but since she is so comforting, it is easy to lose track of  the time I spend with her.  Sure, its great to kick back once and a while, but if I spend too much time entertaining my sloth she keep me from the best things in life.

My sloth keeps me from fulfilling my daily responsibilities and duties

My sloth makes me rely on others to take care of my needs

My sloth keeps me from doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay

My sloth wastes my time with her distracting trivialities

My sloth likes watching mindless television over thoughtful reading

My sloth prefers entertainment over action

My sloth is apathetic about the injustices and wrongs in the world

My sloth gives me too many excuses for not dealing with difficult issues

My sloth keeps me busy, but she also keeps me from doing God’s will

My sloth is very tolerant and she gives me lots of good excuses for accepting the sin in my life

My sloth keeps me from serving God with zeal and joy

– adapted by me from the work of John T. Mabray

Would you like to adopt my sloth or do you already have your own?

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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