12 Jul 2018

The Cure For Complacency

I happen to now be the grandparent of a teenager! Although I would have preferred to keep her capsulized in that cute baby / toddler stage where we could take care of all her needs, dress her like a baby doll, and keep her safe from all the undesirable facets of life, that is virtually impossible. I have come to the rude realization that no matter how much fun we have, how many exciting things we do and places we go that frustrating phrase always surfaces . . . “I’m BORED”. Ugh!!!

That just puts it mildly how I feel whenever I hear it. But it’s just everyday teenage common vernacular! However, many adults have that same feeling almost everyday of their lives but we’re too “adult” to say it. It would show far too much immaturity to admit that our life is BORING. So, we put on this front of complacency that actually is described as (according to dictionary.com) self-satisfaction, smug satisfaction with an existing condition while unaware of potential defect.

Maybe if we took the time to take a deep, honest look into our lives and examine the scope of each day, we would see it for what it really is. Life with all its responsibilities and obligations can result in a person simply going through the motions day after day, month after month, and consequently year after year with very little variation. Indeed, life can easily become very mundane, and void of true satisfaction. But that goes against God’s divine plan for our lives. I have found myself at certain periods in my life returning to a passage of scripture found in Isaiah 43: 19 (KJV)

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;
shall ye not know it? I will even make a way
in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Firstly, God wants us to know in no uncertain terms that there is no reason for life with Him to be BORING! He goes on to command our attention when He said “Behold”. He wants us to look for that new thing He wants to do for us and in us. And to reinforce His word He uses the word NOW denoting present tense – not future and certainly not past! Yet, God always has His finger on our pulse and so clearly indicates that when He questions that we might not even know that He’s ready to do this new thing. And just in case we think that we are so deep into our wilderness or our desert place, He assures us He is a “way maker” in those desolate conditions too.

Is it possible that we are holding ourselves captive in life’s daily doldrums? It is easy to look at others and marvel at how interesting and exciting their lives are but not make the effort to step outside of our box of boredom. Sometimes it is necessary to reevaluate your position in life and truly examine what it was, what it is, and the possibilities of what it can be! What do you want your life to be? Do you really want to be in the same place, the same position, the same mindset that you’re in today five years from now? Life in God is supposed to be new, fresh, exciting, and yes even FUN!! God’s ready . . . now it’s time for you step into your new thing!

Source: First Lady Denise