Complacency can blind our best intentions – The beauty of adversity (149)


The complacent person often sits back with a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.

It’s at that point we stop being as vigilant as we once were. We believe everyone and everything will work out ok because we have the best intentions towards people and the projects we do.

Complacency is one of the greatest causes in the breakdown of family and work life relationships. We take people for granted and we have expectations that fall by the wayside all because we assume too much.

Life itself is a moving target and complacency blurs our ability to see clearly.

Everyone who has ever gardened knows, weeds appear in the most nurtured grounds. If we a not diligent to weed on a regular basis, weeds will consume the whole garden.


Imagine receiving news that will shake your life. Be it terminal illness, loved one dying which are extreme or losing a job or a close relationship breaks down. These moments of adversity give us a moment to pause, reflect and hopefully renew.

It’s difficult to see that we have become complacent when life is on Cruze Control. Sometimes, and to be completely honest, most of the time, it takes difficulty to shake us out of our comfort zone.

There is a beauty in adversity that is not realised until you have worked through the hardship.

For those of us that believe in God’s providence rather than luck become accustomed to seasons of hardship. We look for a greater purpose going through hardship rather than the roll of the dice to get us out of it.

God promises beauty in exchange for our ashes, the oil of joy in exchange for our mourning.

We all have an opportunity to activate our faith and seek a better way of living and a more purposeful life if we have ears to hear and eyes to see the bigger picture.

So next time adversity hits, take time out to sharpen your senses rather than just trying to relieve yourself from the anguish it causes.

I thank God for all the heartache I’ve been through and yet would never wish it on anyone else. It’s my adversity that has given me my greatest appreciation for life and those around me.

I pray you see the bigger picture to.

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