The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Proverbs 13:4 ESV)
I've been doing some soul searching over the past few weeks. Because, if I am honest, I've not been as motivated to pursue greater in many areas of my work like I’ve done in the past.
Have you ever been there? Those times that you feel as though you've lost your mojo? Where you feel like you are maintaining and not thriving?
It might be that you are suffering from a bout of the "complacency virus". It's an annoying little bug that creeps in and before you know it, it's affected your work, your life and your spiritual growth.
Don't let complacency creep in and begin eating away at your hopes and dreams and the progress you've made.
Here are 13.5 ways you will know if the complacency bug is creeping into your life:
1. Your work no longer excites you.
2. You no longer work in a proactive but reactive mode.
3. You haven't had a fresh idea in weeks or months.
4. You'd rather _________ than work on your goal or personal growth.
5. You start to notice and consider other opportunities that seem more "realistic".
6. The only things you find joy in are things that will not provide you any lasting value.
7. You can't remember the last book you read.
8. You can't remember the last time you exercised.
9. You spend more time wishing than working.
10. You spend more time watching other people's success than working on your own growth.
11. You spend more time lamenting and less time praying.
12. You don't have anyone in your life to hold you accountable or if you do, you either (a) avoid them or (b) ignore them.
13. You are not intentionally surrounding yourself with a group of people who are pursuing big dreams, goals or are experiencing significant growth in their lives and work.
13.5. You don't have a plan for your success or growth.
The wise author of the Proverbs tells us that:
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4)
This list is not exhaustive but it’s a start.
If you can relate to any of these 13.5 statements above, it's time to do the opposite of each; because if it has not already begun to spread, complacency will soon be attacking your entire being. I've been there.
The grace of our God does not only count for salvation from, but also that we are saved to. God proactively saved you through Jesus Christ so that you can proactively live life to the full.
Don't let complacency steal that life away. I know I'm determined not to.