The Difference Between Laziness and Inability To Do Something

Alexis Malek


The Difference Between Laziness And Inability To Do Something

There is a huge difference between being lazy and not being able to do something. Laziness is when you have the ability to do something but don’t do it at all, or try to get someone else to do it for you. When you are unable to do something, it is usually from lack of resources (i.e. health insurance/dental insurance, money) or it requires physical action a person is not currently able to do. And there could be multiple reasons such as injuries, physical sickness, or emotional or mental health problems (or spiritual health problems, or all of the above).

So before you go around accusing someone of using excuses not to do something, make sure you have all of the facts. Just because you cannot see someone’s illnesses or pain does not mean it does not exist! Would you tell someone who was paralyzed (whether temporarily or permanently) “Get up out of your wheelchair and walk! Don’t be so lazy!” ? Would you tell someone sick in bed with a 104 fever, “Get up out of bed and go to work!” ? Most likely the answer is no. Don’t jump to the wrong conclusion that just because someone is not currently doing something that you think they should be doing, that they are lazy, irresponsible, stupid, or selfish, or “making excuses.” Either take the time to learn information, or, if you don’t want to gain understanding, keep your mouth shut. People who have invisible illnesses and invisible pain have enough problems and struggles to begin with without you making them feel worse by spewing your insensitive and uncaring crap all over them.

This applies whether you follow Jesus or not. Although if you do follow Jesus (are in a soul-saving relationship with Him and follow His ways), then it goes against His will and His way to be unkind, judgmental, discouraging, rude, or uncaring. The first two commandments are “Love the Lord Your God (the One and Only God) with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. And the second commandment is equally important, love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:29-31) And Jesus goes 1 step further in John 13 and i5, where He tells us we must love one another the way He loved us. (read John 13:34-35, 15:12-14) He loved us enough to die for us. So we must show Christ-like love for one another and find ways to lift one another up, and help each other out when we need it. Only Jesus has the right to judge, and it is only to Jesus we are each accountable for what we do, or do not do.

If you know someone who is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other invisible illnesses or pain, educate yourself on whichever disease they have and learn how to help them instead of judging them, or leave them be if you don’t want to be informed on what is going on with the person or how you can help them.


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