A few days ago, I had a lovely call from some friends who were finally able to head back up to the mountains for the summer. It was good to hear their voices and to know that they are well and settling in for a season of renewal.  However, it didn’t take long to realize that their call was intentional. They shared that they had been musing over one of the evening reflections and invited me to reflect on the impacts of complacency.  What does complacency do to us? How does it impact being faithful? Off to my thinking chair I went.

I tarried with the sense of individual complacency – meaning my sense of being self-satisfied and “smugly” comfortable with my life, my achievements and my successes. Then it got more personal. I wondered, how much I have allowed complacency to rationalize my sense of faithfulness. How has complacency influenced my action (or lack thereof) for specifically justice? Is my vigilance to achieve great things for God contaminated by a feeling of contentment?  (My questions – no need to argue over twitter. No political code intended. I am just inviting you to sit with my questions.) Soon my thoughts enlarged a bit.  I’m pretty secure in saying that for many churches there is such a thing a comfortable complacency.  We like our comfort zone.

We hear it in the phrases… “We doing just fine.” We’re doing good work.” “We’ve got our niche.” “No need to change.” “All is well with our souls.” An attitude of satisfaction or comfortableness influences our faithfulness.  But there’s more.  Not only is a sense of satisfaction present there is also a rejection/dismissal/disbelief of “what might be” that dulls us from living more Christ like.   If things are good enough, if we are comfortable enough, we don’t need to trust what God desires for creature, community and creation. Corporate complacency ripples out onto our landscape.

Jimmy Carter was correct when he said, “I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it’s so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.”

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-14
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Reflection Questions:
What friends would you like to hear from?
Is there a vision that Christ teaches which seems impossible to you? And why is that?
What great things to accomplish for God has become a bit dulled for you?

 

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