Laziness camps right outside my door. It encourages me to take the easy way out.
After all, I deserve it. I shouldn't have to work so hard. I can handle this. No sweat. I've done it all before. I can pull this off again. No problem. Why, I can do it with my eyes closed.
There, I've said it. That's how it happens with me. And before I know it I am settling for the path of least resistance; the least effort, all the while expecting the same result as when I last did it well.
Pastors fall into this trap when they fail to prepare properly for meetings, sermons, revivals, etc.
Brings to mind Galatians 3:3-4, doesn't it?
3 How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 4 Have you experienced[a] so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?
As pastors, we of all people should know better. Yet we, just like all people, must deal with temptation. And what better one for the enemy to tempt us with than to cause us to give into sloppiness and lack of preparation.
Don't give in. Ask God to guide you and help you be prepared. Approach each task with the freshnesss and newness it deserves.
You may have done something similar in the past. But that was then. Today demands your best once again!