The Battle of Complacency

Get Out of the Rut sizedOne of my favorite parts of vacation is the ability to think and recognize things that I just don’t see in the middle of life’s busyness.

I haven’t been able to get these two verses out of my head since reading them a couple of weeks ago:

  • Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you  who are simple {my footnotes described this as those with character deficiencies} love your simple ways?”
  • Proverbs 1:32 Complacency destroys. {Paraphrased.}

There are things in my life I know I am complacent about that I shouldn’t be. They’ve been in the back of my mind whispering, “Change me,” for weeks, maybe even months. Yet it is 1,000 times easier to just let what has been, be.

Easier, yes, but apparently deadly, whether that’s in the form of ruining relationships, wreaking havoc on my mind, or possibly even physical death. So…let’s get out of the rut stat, shall we?

That feels a little ambiguous, though. How, exactly, does one go about eliminating complacency and moving out of a comfortable rut? I’m fumbling through figuring out that answer, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Take time to rest. I realize this seems a bit contradictory, but if this isn’t intentional, it doesn’t happen. Sprinting through life without rest is foolish and impossible to sustain. Besides, allowing for a frequent recharge results in realizations and course corrections that hide in the busyness of life. 
  • Set personal goals. Making time to think and plan for the future helps solidify where you’re going and the type of person you’re becoming. It also exposes complacency.
  • Decide to take action (or not). Obviously, no human can do all the things they need to do all the time. It’s impossible. Deciding something needs to wait is just as much a decision of action as deciding to do something right now.

I’m saying these things to cement them in my mind and actions as much as anything, so please don’t feel that this comes from any sense of having it figured out.

Do you battle complacency? Have you struggled with feeling so overwhelmed that you just keep going rather than thinking through what needs to change? How do you move out of a rut?

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  • Rachel June 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Amazing post! This post really made me stop and think. I’m pretty sure I have a lot of soul searching to do. I think you just put a name to an area of my life that I know needs to change. Thanks for always being so open and honest. And…for allowing God to use you and your life to challenge others to become better followers of Christ.

  • Caitlin Author June 3, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Rachel- thanks for taking time to bless me with your sweet words! I will be praying that your soul searching and decisions to change some things go well and are a huge blessing in your life.

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