between contentment and complacency

Life is definitely a tight rope. It’s a thin line between keeping things crazy enough that it actually has meaning without stepping into the realm of the insane. Similarly it’s a small step between the need for stability and the fear of monotony. I want life to be full of flare, stable yet fluid. Lately I’ve noticed how hard it is to balance these conflicting desires and am wondering whether one is destined to win out or if it is really possible to find the perfect balance between the insane and the monotonous. As humans we want change, we are never content with the status quo. Yet we also want stability, we don’t want our life to be in constant turmoil. Paul talks about being content in hardships (1 Cor. 12:10) and in every situation (Phil. 4:11). He tells us that if we have the clothes and food we need we should be content (1 Tim. 6:8). Yet he also pounds into our heads the idea of pressing onward toward perfection (Phil. 3:12) and of reaching for some goal (Phil. 3:14). He begs for the fellow believers to strive with him (Rom. 15:30) and to toil for something greater (1 Tim. 4:10). Even striving for peace and rest are promoted (Heb. 4:11, 12:14). So where is the balance? How about this: I will be content to live a life of continual growth toward a goal of perfect rest. I’m not content with the pathetic whining of yesterday yet I am at perfect rest in the place God’s has for me at this time in my life.


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