Is the path of least resistance good for you or not?

This question came to my mind recenlty  when talking with a 17-year-old.   He is in the home stretch of his Senior year of High School and mentioned he only had a couple of morning classes and would be done with school for the day by noon, until graduation in June. Four months.  He was recently accepted to a university out-of-state and is looking into options to pay for school, housing, incidentals, etc.   I said to him, “Wow, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands until you graduate.  Have you thought about picking up extra hours at work to earn more money for college?”  His reply was, “Why do I need to make more money, I don’t need it.”  Apparently he is still under the impression money grows alongside the lemons on the trees in the back yard.

Instead of looking at this limited period of free time as a golden opportunity to make some extra money, and get geared up for his future, he’s choosing the path of least resistance.  Taking it easy until you absolutely have to do something.

Proverbs 6:10-11 says, ” A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

Proverbs 10:4-5 says, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.  He who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”

I thought about my own career and work ethic.  Do I have the right attitude?   Has life beaten me down to the point that I want to take the path of least resistance?

I worked through college (including summers),  and even though I was sometimes envious of my friends who didn’t work, I’m glad I did because I ended up with very little student debt.  Now, some days my job is tougher and more frustrating than others – selling products and solving client issues. But before getting too caught up in the “oh poor me” attitude, I try to remember the alternative – no job, or a job that pays much less.  Going through the struggles, putting in the hours, and forging ahead,whether we feel like it or not, refines us and makes us better at what we do.  When we do what we do better, we have a higher likelihood of getting paid more so we can stay out of debt and give to others.

Regardless of pay, or whether we’re asked to do something or not, taking the initiative to do something worthwhile and noble, and throwing everything we have into doing it well, says a lot about our character.

I say, avoid the path of least resistance and charge down the path that offers the most experience.  It will be harder, even a little scary, and there will be failures along the way, but the wisdom gained will be golden!