Happy Friday! This week fleeeeeew right by. It’s funny how God is using this blog like Jumanji for my life– the personal issues and instances that He’s bringing into my path are so parallel to what I’ve been talking about here. We learn as we teach!
I debated whether or not to include today’s “topic” in the Normalcy Bias series, but, it matches up so well and explores a whole other side of NB that I think needs to be addressed, so I just want to touch on it briefly.
This will, I think, be the last “installment” so to speak of the NB series, but I do plan on referencing it in future posts. I hope these realizations continue to bless you as you recognize them in your life.
I want to call this last type of normalcy bias “The Bubble.” It’s a little bit different than the ones we’ve seen so far. This type of bias happens when a person is simply totally blind to the dams in their life and is living contentedly. They don’t have, or don’t believe they have (most often the case), any huge areas of sin to deal with. They may not be struggling with addiction or sex or deceit or any of the “big sins” we seem to think of. Instead of moving toward Maturity, they drop the Anchor of Complacency, blow up the I’m Good Enough Bubble, and never move anywhere:
They perch themselves high above the tops of their dams, out of view of the problems piling up on their Rivers of Faith. They look out over Maturity, and deceive themselves into thinking they are really there, when in reality they are moving nowhere.
Their sins are not necessarily the visible kind, but the internal kind that wreak havoc on the soul: anxiety, worry, greed, pride, complacency.
I find myself blowing up the bubble and anchoring down all too often. I get complacent in my journey down the river and decide to go no further. Here’s the catch- if you anchor down long enough, the current of your river can begin to switch directions, uprooting your anchor and dragging you backward, leaving you languishing in Immaturity.
We commonly call this Lukewarm Christianity.
God hates lukewarmness.
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
“For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:32-33)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Complacency is such a dangerous place to be. Slowly and quietly the drift begins to happen, and the princess begins to look more and more like the peasants. We, however, are royalty, adopted as daughters of the one true King, His little princesses. We get to call Him “Daddy.”
“…but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:15-17).
Burst your I’m Good Enough bubble and put your princess dress on. Your Daddy, the King, calls to you from Maturity. Hear his voice, pull up your anchor of complacency, and go find Him!
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13