Content But Not Complacent

I know I’ve written on the discipline of contentment before, but a recent scenario made me want to write on it again from a different perspective.

Being content but not complacent.

We need to be content in many different situations, but this doesn’t mean we should just sit around in a heap of lazy boringness.
Being single, not having a job, not having a car, waiting to hear back from a college, wanting to travel but not having money… these are certain life scenarios in which we must exercise patience (yes),
while you can’t rush any of these things, you can pursue them.
It’s tough not having what you need and want, but in the meantime, focus on the positive side of things and the blessings in disguise of not having those things.
Fall in love with the beauty that surrounds you; fall in love with all the beautiful souls of family and friends who impact you; fall in love with goals and dreams you want to chase.
And pursue them!
Because there’s a difference between being content and being complacent.
Be content in whatever situation you’re in. Rest in the knowledge that you are rightwhere God wants you to be.
But do not be complacent.  Do not say “Okay, I’m content, therefore I won’t do anything or go anywhere or pursue anything.”  Pursue.  Act.  Push on.  Strive.  Life is still moving.  You need to keep up – but keep the focus on Him not on yourself.
What does He want you to do?  Where does He want you to go?  What is He teaching you right now?
Seeking after what He has planned for you is the best way to move forward in life.  You may desire and yearn for certain things or a certain person or a certain career, but if He’s saying “no” to that right now, you need to be content in that answer and know that it’s the absolute best for you in this moment of time.
One thing may be a “no” right now, but what is He saying “yes” to?
Do not be complacent.  This life is beautiful – single or committed, working a job or two jobs or being jobless, wanting to travel or traveling worldwide, having a career or going to school.  A relationship isn’t going to make everything wonderful and flowery.  In fact, it makes things more challenging.  Having a job will keep you extremely busy.  Traveling can be really sucky sometimes.  School can get overwhelming.
So take advantage of this time without those things to be content in Him. Take the time to figure out who you are as a person and what you’re looking for in life. Take the time to hone skills you have, try new things, explore new places, visit new countries, and follow your dreams.

This post was originally published by Raquel on Brave.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, Raquel! This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately and you summarized it so perfectly. Complacency is often a result of laziness but also a lack of thankfulness. Instead of seeing possibilities and blessings, all we focus on are the negative hindrances. Being thankful in any situation is the first step to seeing the doors God has opened, even if there are doors he has closed.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind