13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
To be a fool is to be out of touch with reality. The simple fool believes anything while the mocker doubts everything, the greedy imagine their wealth will protect them and the haughty presume superiority. Perhaps the most creative fool of all is the sluggard, who never runs out of excuses. Here he imagines danger where none exists, how can a person go to work when there is a lion roaming the streets? While his excuses are often ridiculous, they are reason enough for him to remain idle.
“As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.” The sluggard may vacillate between getting up and lying down, as the door between open and closed, but that is the limit of his activity. He may have much going on in his mind, which is full of thoughts and worries and intentions and fears, but it only motivates him to seek sleep as an escape. Because of this his problems, and his reasons for avoiding them, only multiply. If you find yourself overwhelmed by life, forget what you can’t do and focus on what you can. With each small accomplishment you’ll gain momentum, and you’ll find that your problems – though overwhelming as a whole – can be conquered one small step at a time.