content or complacent?

Bokeh TreeHave you ever mixed those two words – contentment and complacency? I did it the other day.  I thought maybe I was becoming too content with my circumstances, my surroundings, my life. You know – so content that you don’t worry about anything, that you aren’t seeking for anything to build up your life, or ways to pour out your life. But no, that’s not contentment… that’s complacency!

“You’re just extra content!” is the lie Satan would have us believe.

That’s what I’ve been experiencing for the past couple months. It’s nice to discover things like that – then you can actually do something about it. I found myself at a place where I was living life just because it was there. I was happy where my relationship with God was, so I wasn’t seeking Him anymore. What a dangerous place to be.

It is possible to be satisfied in Him, while at the same time living with that continual hunger to know Him more.

“Just be”… have you ever heard that phrase? I was “just being”. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Isaiah 46:10) – I was being still, but not really resting in Him, like the verse suggests. I know that He is God. But isn’t this talking about a deeper kind of knowing? …the kind of knowing that puts you into action? …that makes you live fully, in light of the fact that He is God?  A complacent life is not full.  It doesn’t put you into action.

I’m reminded of a poem I discovered several years ago, by Sir Francis Drake, call “Disturb us.”  This is the last part of the poem:

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
to venture on wider seas
where storms will show your mastery;

 where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
the horizons of our hopes;
and to push into the future
in strength, courage, hope, and love.

And Hillsong puts it brilliantly in their song “Oceans”…

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, that my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.

This season especially, may we all be reminded of the mystery and importance of the coming of the God-man, Christ, and live in light of the knowledge we have of Him.


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