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Complacency - The Feel That Kills

African American news - Godly Fitness - Life and ReligionHave you ever walked into an obstacle (a door, a wall, or hole in the ground) and suffered the consequences? Hopefully the pain or discomfort you experienced was but momentary and perhaps most importantly you learned to pay closer attention to where we are going.

I personally liken our society's attention to general health to this type of scenario. Too many of us don't pay close enough attention to what we eat or the very negative

consequences we subject ourselves to by not exercising regularly. Think about it, how many people do you know, (possibly including yourself) who have stumbled into ill health due to lace of proper diet and or failure to exercise? God's word speaks of this type of behavior in Proverbs 1:32, where you'll find the warning "...the complacency of fools will destroy them." Now stay with me here, it is not my intention to offend by labeling anybody a fool. My goal is to bring to mind the madness of our unabated contentment with that which is making us ill and ultimately killing us.

At this point it might work to brake-down what this portion of scripture is saying to us as it might relate to overcoming this issue now that we've identified it. Let's start with the word complacency; it means to have a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like. Sound familiar? I'll confess that I know this set of circumstances all too well, and it is only checked by a willingness to constantly remind myself that I am dealing with a false since of security, a lye of the enemy whose job it is to lull us into an unconscious state of satisfaction with that which is designed to harm us.

The solution is a God centered resolve to develop a "diligent habit of mind" where an almost instantaneous response to not doing the right thing is cased down and replace automatically with its beneficial counterpart. How do we get there you ask? Biblical meditation - The act of confessing scripture aloud so that we hear ourselves, then seeing ourselves doing what we are confessing, using our imagination; and then praising God for what we've seen ourselves doing... Try this with Isaiah 58:6 and then make way for victory in your pursuit to be fit, God's way!

Well that's my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit God's way!

If you're not active exercise wise, remember to start slow and build from where you are; and see a doctor first if you have any level of a health challenge.

[Derrick is a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry's Ministry Training Institute, as well as an AMF Certified Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness. You can contact him at (626) 524-5125 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]


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