Wednesday Wisdom: Don’t confuse complacency with contentment
Complacency is rooted in pride, self, and idleness, while contentment is rooted in gratitude, thanksgiving, and active faith.
Complacency says, “Wow, look at everything I’ve accomplished,” while contentment says, “Thank you for all that you’ve blessed me with.”
Complacency fools you with conceit, while contentment fills you with humility.
Complacency tells you to stay where you are, while contentment encourages you to grow in your faith.
The book of Proverbs explains complacency vs. contentment in several verses:
- “For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:32-33)
- “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” (Proverbs 10:4)
- “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” (Proverbs 13:4)
Complacent people tend to be more slothful and sluggish; they’re of the mindset that they don’t have to work hard or strive to be better because they think they’re already the best, that they’ve already “arrived”. Content people are thankful for where they are, but they understand and appreciate the value in working diligently and in continuing to grow.
It’s easy to fall into the rut of complacency, but learning contentment is the only way to grow and move forward.
Don’t confuse complacency with contentment.