Cycle 5 – Week 2, Contentment vs. Complacency — What’s the difference?

Hello Surrender Fast Family!

So you’ve made it to week 2. For those who are new to fasting, that must feel like a huge feat. Praise God for His staying power. Keep on surrendering, the best is yet to come!

This week we are continuing to unpack this Cycle’s theme: Mastering the Art of Contentment. As we learned last week being contented is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation. Contented Christians find joy in every situation and circumstance because they have learned that God’s plan is best and if He allowed a situation in his/her life, He has equipped him/her with the tools to go through. As the scripture reminds us, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

I received an excellent question from Dave Dickinson via Facebook. Dave writes,

If you’re not comfortable with your job, should you be content? I am praying to control my anxiety over my work conditions. To me, contentment means just accepting and being happy with what I currently have. I have humbled myself and my lifestyle, but I am not content because I want better for myself. Is there a balancing point between the two or am I missing a lesson?

What Dave was asking unknowingly is, “What’s the difference between contentment and complacency?”

There’s a BIG difference. Complacency is a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy (see Another word for complacency is comfort zone. When we are complacent we are “content” with where we are because we can control it; we can handle whatever comes our way. For this reason, and others, we are unwilling to move even when it’s obvious that God is requiring us to.

Contented people on the other hand have a completely different attitude. They live by the motto “until my change comes I will continue to renew my strength, hold on, and wait on the Lord.”

When Paul wrote his profound teaching on the importance of contentment is was imprisoned in a Roman jail. Although he was content, he would have got up and walked out had God provided a way of escape. Contentment is not synonymous with words like stagnant, stuck, and hopeless.

Some of you are in another type of prison. God is offering you a way of escape, yet you are unwilling to move although God has sent several confirmations . Don’t be complacent, move in faith. In Cycle 4 there was a fellow Surrender Faster who quit his job. According to his testimony, God had been telling him for a least a year to move out into the unknown; to move out in faith. After a series of confirmations he decided to trust God, not himself, to get to the next level and he hasn’t looked back!

Join us this week for the Morning Prayer calls as we continue our discussion on contentment. Please invite others to call in!

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With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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4 thoughts on “Cycle 5 – Week 2, Contentment vs. Complacency — What’s the difference?

  1. Sophia Magloire

    God is moving a mighty way in my life already and it is only the second week. He had me surrender my finances when that’s not what I had in mind. Coupled with me taking the “Prospeity Partner” classes offered by church which have me thinking differently on how I’ve used my money in the past. I just cancelled my birthday trip yesterday which is unlike me and I know that was God guiding me and telling me that I do not need to take a birthday trip or spend money each year on my birhtday when I already have other trips planned. When the idea to cancel the trip came to mind I struggled with it for two days and finally called my friend who was planning the trip yesterday now I feel much better like a burden has been lifted up all the financial burden that was going to come up with me going to this additional trip is gone and I can keep being content with the other trips that I’m already taken this year.
    God is soooo guud!!!

    • Hi Sophia, I understand the delay…it takes a minute for the mind to wrap itself around the new reality. But once you let your mind catch up and you obeyed you felt as if a burden was lifted. That’s great! Keep on surrendering, God is not through blessing you!

  2. Sheila

    GM as I was going thru my personal reflections this morning, meditating on the words busy and productive, I could only thank God for each of the questions because out of this lesson the Spirit of God showed me that what I had been praying for for years i am their i am living in His perfect will for my life.
    The Spirit of God ministered to me this morning He said “when your thoughts, actions are always on how you can help make others life a little easier or how you can serve them, you are living a purpose driven life”. After hearing those words this morning, I believe God is telling me to be content and totally surrendered to Him. Now that I have more time to spend with God and draw closer to Him I am expecting blessings and miracles in everything I touch. I want to thank my sister in The Lord Patricia Jackson for introducing me to such an awesome God given ministry, I thank God for you Dr. Owens in all you are doing may the blessings of The Lord be with you.

    • I love what God gave you this morning! If we are get nothing else out of Cycle 5 it is that God wants us “to be content and totally surrendered to Him.” That is indeed the only way to live our best life. When I see Pat I will be sure to thank her for introducing you to the fast! Be blessed as you keep surrendering your all to God!

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