Are you complacent? Have you settled into a pattern of destructive habits telling yourself, “it’s not so bad, there are others worse off than me”?
This is the trap of complacency. The person falling into this snare settles for mediocrity. He is comfortable, even smug. He or she no longer pushes himself or herself because of past successes. “I’ve done well” he says to himself. “People respect me. I have a healthy bank account. I haven’t gone to the doctor for any illness for the past year. Life is good.”
That may be the case now, but consequences creep up on us much more slowly and insidiously than we realize. We don’t feel the pain of our nonchalance overnight, but the harvest of our inaction does come eventually. How did it happen? We settled. We stopped pursuing growth: character growth; intellectual growth; spiritual growth; relational growth; financial growth; emotional growth;
The end result is an ordinary life. It’s a decent life, but it lacks sustainable impact, in keeping with our gifts and abilities. The purposeful, significant, extraordinary life is within our grasp-but we cannot be complacent. We can and must push beyond the temptation to coast through life reflecting on past glory days. Be a faithful steward of the gifts given to you, add value to others and be intentional about making yourself better, starting with the inner self.
Don’t settle. Complacency kills.