What Does the Easy-Chair of Complacency Feel Like?

10329033_663829273672502_3126096795988161494_n[1]Ever hear the phrase, “Been there; done that”? I think it means that a person believes he or she has completed a list of responsibilities and deserves a rest, as if life’s purpose is merely ticking off a series of boxes. This attitude is an excuse to slip into the easy-chair of complacency after an exerted effort. But complacency is a danger for people of all ages. It is dangerous because when we stop giving, we stop growing. Complacency impedes progression and hinders happiness. For example, complacency leads a naïve youth to think there will be plenty of time in the future for spiritual things. It leads adults to mentally, spiritually, and emotionally “retire” from performing good works. Complacency tempts people to consider themselves too old and tired to continue serving others as they once did. A wise prophet of the Lord counselled us: “Behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). There is a need to exchange complacency for compassion. Being compassionate is another great work of our Heavenly Father and a fundamental characteristic of who we are as a people. Disciples of Christ throughout all ages of the world have been distinguished by their compassion” (Dieter F.Uchtdorf). Personally, I commit to continue serving my family, neighbors, and community as an outward manifestation of my love of the Lord. On my journey back to my Heavenly Home, I want to work with all my might to serve others until I draw my final breath. This brings many Reasons to Rejoice!

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