The sin of killing time
(J. A. James, "The Young Man's Friend
and Guide Through Life to Immortality")
"Only fools idle away their time." Proverbs 12:11
Idleness is a complicated vice. Yes, I say VICE!
First it is a most wasteful vice. It wastes time,
which is more precious than rubies; it wastes a
man's mental faculties; it wastes property.
Idleness is a disgraceful vice. How reproachful is it
in a being made to be active, to spend life in doing
nothing, and to throw away his mental powers in sloth.
Idleness is a criminal vice. God has commanded
us to be active, and will call us to account for the
sin of killing time.
Idleness is a dangerous vice. Doing nothing is next
to doing evil--and is sure to lead to it. From its very
inaction it ultimately becomes the active cause of all
evil. "The Devil tempts all men; but the idle man
tempts the Devil."
Idleness is a wretched vice. An idle man is the
most miserable of all God's creatures. Woe be
to the man who is doomed to bear the pain and
penalties of a slothful disposition.
"And we urge you, brothers, warn those
who are idle." 1 Thessalonians 5:14