The word “sloth” brings to mind a South American mammal, someone lazy or the Longhorn’s performance in last week’s loss to OU, the opposite of diligent and energetic. The term has a much richer history in the Christian tradition, however. Sloth is connected to our everyday life and choices, with our ability to love others and God, connect emotionally, live passionately and care deeply. In other words, sloth has as much to do with setting our hearts on fire as with putting our hands to the plow.
“Disengagement” might be the best contemporary synonym for sloth. If so, then engagement is our goal, passionate engagement in life, love and labor. This Sunday we continue our series on the Seven Deadly Sins, considering how sloth manifests itself in our lives, how we overcome it and how Jesus leads the way.
Have a great weekend, and Hook’em Horns!