I am doing some post this week on “The Benedictine Handbook”" because implementing these few things, helped me. This is taken from “Saint Benedict’s Rule” from the handbook. (Chapter 48)
“Idleness Is The Enemy Of The Soul”
My Note: There is a big difference between “idleness” and “rest.” Rest is what it says it is, “rest.” Mind and body. “Idleness” is what it says it is, bored, restless, fruitless, mind going a thousand miles a minute, etc. I asked myself what happens to me in “my times of idleness?”
Past and present hurts would usually creep up. From there it would develop into anger and at times, I would find myself giving that person a piece of my mind, and they were not even here! You know the talking to yourself but you are really not! “Do that to me and I will slap you ten ways into the next century,” type thing. (Okay, at least I am honest!) Day shot, gone to hell in a handbasket, and the devil was so accommodating. Tears and boo-hoos.
Fear of tomorrow. Worry of about what is going to happen tomorrow. Are Mom and Dad going to be okay? Am I going to be able to get everything done? Maybe it was finances. Am I going to feel good tomorrow? Anxiety would begin to creep in, and before I knew it, I could not even get done what I needed to do today. Just stupid stuff!
Temptation. I found most of my temptation came during this moment. If I would get up and get to doing something, the temptation would go away.
Circumstances in my life would begin to spiral out of control in my mind. Again, stress and anxiety.
“Idleness is an enemy of our soul” because if we are not careful we can fill it up with so much “junk” there is no room for God. There truly is no “rest” accompanied with “idleness.” Satan is so ready to take advantage of these moments.
In this day and age there is no reason for us to be idle. We have a thousand things at our finger tips. Work is a good cure for it, along with reading, praying, developing your talents, doing good for someone, clean out that closet that has not been touched for a year, take a walk, or spend time with loved ones. Even “blogging” will keep us from being “idle.” It does not take a whole lot or some grand stand play, to prevent it.
If we do not, then it will become one of the worst “enemies our souls” have ever known, because it “attacks the mind.” Our minds are the “devil’s play ground.” Before you know it, our souls are in turmoil.
God Bless, SR