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3 Tragedies of a Complacent Life

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The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities. – Benjamin E. Mays

The first tragedy of complacency is regret. No one says at the end of there life,  wish I did  less. I wish I wouldn’t have been so daring. I wish I hadn’t taken so many chances. There will come a day where we’ll beg for one more opportunity to make a difference.

in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  – John Krakauer,  Into The Wild

The second tragedy of complacency is that our adventurous spirit shrivels up and we condition ourselves to pursue what is comfortable and secure. To prevent this kind of tragedy we must regularly do something where the outcome is unsure.

Christians are as subject to complacency as anybody else, and we can certainly settle into repetition and forget that something radical and extraordinary is being asked of us – Francis Spufford

The third and final tragedy is that we traded God’s call to be extra-ordinary for a life of predictability. We went to church but we did not become The Church. We sang songs, but we did not worship. We gave in the offering but we did not go and help the people ourselves.

A tame faith is not what God created us for. Let’s get back to looking and listening for God’s next great adventure for our lives.

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