Contently Sipping Umbrella Drinks


I had to ask myself, “Am I becoming complacent?” You see, I am reading a book called Anything by Jennie Allen, and I came across something that touched a nerve. Or maybe it reawakened a nerve that had become a little sloth.

Here are bits of what Jennie Allen wrote:
It felt as I had been laying out, drinking something fruity with an umbrella in it on some beautiful cruise ship moving across the ocean. When I looked around, all the other people were having a nice time by the pool or walking on the deck with their friends. But in the course of our beautiful day, the captain came over the loudspeaker, panicking, yelling to everyone, “This ship is sinking! Head for the rescue boats!”
So naturally I threw down my drink and started running for the boats, but quickly realized I was the only one. Everyone else seemed oblivious, just continuing their lovely vacation. It didn’t sit well with me, but I didn’t know what to do…I looked around, and everything did look rather pleasant and safe. So I went back to my drink and magazine thinking maybe I had imagined it.
But this feeling stayed in by gut: Something is not right…I think this ship is going down, and everyone’s losing it, because they are just sitting here acting lovely. But I keep sipping my drink with an umbrella in it, lest they all think I’d gone crazy, running for the rescue boats on a perfectly lovely day…

 You see, from the minute I was saved, I believed I was called into a new life. I didn’t want to live in bondage. If Christ said He had set me free, then I was free. If Christ said I could live the abundant life in Him, then I wanted the abundant life. I wanted to be different, living out God’s purpose for me. I wanted to raise a generation of children who were different. I wanted my marriage to be different. I guess you could say I didn’t want to be ok with what was considered “normal”.

However, it seems recently that life is beginning to catch up with me….the daily ins and outs; it is beginning to all feel very mundane. Am I becoming numb to the things around me? I find myself not wanting to go over and beyond, extending myself pass the place where it just feels comfortable. 

Romans 12:1-2 tells me that my life is suppose to be a living sacrifice, which means I can give it all to Him. My whole life!… “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, it this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” (The Book)

Do I want to live a life where I have to sacrifice something…..time, energy, pride, money, goals?

It is so easy to let complacency set in. The world shouts sit back and relax and kick your feet up…enjoy the ride. I think God is awaking something in me. Maybe He is awakening something in you, too-revival maybe. We can go to a higher place with Jesus. We each can be a bright shining light in the midst dark world. And when we find ourselves in the place of complacency, we can trust that Jesus is the restorer, redeemer, healer of our souls.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:11-13.

“For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:32-33

~Each and every little sacrifice we choose to make daily can have God-sized results in God’s kingdom.~

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