The Pitfall

March 14, 2015
by Lynne Phipps

Ezra 5:8 – The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction. (NIV)

For the first five years of life in our present home, we lived with walls throughout most of the house that sported pink and yellow insulation covered in vapour barrier. At first, this took a bit of getting used to, but over the years, it became the norm.

When we purchased the house, we had a ten-year plan for its completion, and we began the work with diligence: a new roof and attic, new front and back enclosed porches to replace those that were literally falling down, new windows, electrical work, siding on the outside of an existing addition — the needs never ended. And then, we decided to take a break. After all, we were tired, and the place looked so much better than it had when first acquired. Before long, however, taking a break from moving forward toward our goal became an established habit, and we became mired in the pitfall of complacency.

This year, however, as we have been thinking of moving, we decided to make the choice to press on and have the drywalling done. The difference was astounding. We actually had real walls. The rooms were warmer and appeared cleaner, larger, and brighter, which, in turn, has motivated us to continue our planned renovations with diligence.

Taking breaks can be a great thing. We all need times to refresh and rethink. However, when they become habitual, especially in regards to our spiritual life, they can become dangerous. How easy it is for us to allow the busyness of our lives to become our priority while we shelve our spiritual obligations at home or church. The Bible study group becomes a thing of the past. Attending Sunday morning services falls away. Helping out with the ladies ministry is too time-consuming. Saying grace before meals disappears. Our Bible and prayer lists lie on the shelf gathering dust. Before too long, our spiritual zeal and growth slide into a funk. We are no longer making rapid progress within our Christian walk under the direction of the Holy Spirit. We have become mired in the pitfall of complacency.

Where are you today? Where am I? Am I taking an overextended spiritual break, mired in the pitfall of complacency? Or do "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus"? (Philippians 3:14 NIV)

The choice is ours to make.

Prayer: Father God, by Your goodness and grace, guard our hearts and minds from the pitfall of spiritual complacency, that the work of Your kingdom here on earth may be able to progress rapidly through the diligent work and zeal of Your people. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Much appreciated!!


    Such a true danger Lynne.


    Many Thanks for your continued devotion to “Daily”, Lynne.


    Welcome back Lynne! This devotional is lovely. You were missed!


    Thank you for your timely devotional today. I needed that gentle nudge.


    Another outstanding analogy. Thanks for writing this message to remind all of us and keep writing these wonderful analogies.


    Thank you Lynne for your devotional. Many time in the past and even today you speak through your devotional, the thought I feel. I am sure that the Holy Spirit teaches us as in the Spirit we are one.


    Great reminder Lynne, especially in the turmoil of the present days.
    Perhaps today the Lord may come, so we have to watch and pray constantly and consistently. Right? A very timely challenge.


    Good Morning Lynne. And once again I must say your timing is so amazing or rather I guess it’s really God’s timing that is so amazing. Your devotion this morning is exactly what I needed at this particular time. So thank you !!
    Yes, exactly what I needed this morning. May God continue to inspire and bless you as you continue to inspire us.
    (Ont.)


    Dear Lynne,
    “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”? (Philippians 3:14 NIV)
    Yes, He gives us the power of His Spirit working in our Spirit to do his will.
    Read your Bible, Pray every day And you’ll grow, grow, grow….
    The choice is ours to make.
    A little group of three has a Bible Study around my kitchen table.
    Yes, emphasize the positive.
    “Keep pressing on the upward road ….”
    Sing: “New heights I’m gaining every day.”
    Jesus is here to uphold and empower you and me.


    Great message Lynne. The Scripture was perfect for your analogy.
    Blessings.


    Amen to this my sister in Christ.
    May the dear Lord continue to bless you as your devotional readings are always so well received and is an inspiration to me.

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