by Diego Nascimento

It seems like only yesterday we met. We celebrated our joys and shared periods of sadness.  We were faithful companions in study, work and even in fun. I made sure to stay close to you whether it was day or night. Somehow years together have ended like this:  like the flame of a candle.  But life is like this: a beginning, a middle and an end. Forgiveness is very important, but I will understand if it is not possible.  I will go forward and seek someone else who can fill this space in my heart.  I will conclude these brief lines with my goodbye. Signed: Complacent

What a farewell letter, right? It could easily be the reality in the lives of many people around the world.   Complacency is responsible for the delay or stalling of projects in both young people and adults, regardless of culture or geographic location. It is natural for human being, at times, to make the excuse of “letting it go.” I agree that we all need time to breathe at times, but this cannot be become the rule. The clock is ticking, and the minutes are lost.

I want to make a quick invitation:  How about stopping for a moment and thinking of something that you could have achieved but did not because of laziness? If this moment of self-reflection shows that there is still time to complete something, do it. If not, I suggest you reflect and not let that happen again. The Bible itself teaches in Colossians 3:23 that, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as unto the Lord, not for men.” A quote attributed to Peter Druker says, “We cannot predict the future, but we can create it.”

I will conclude by saying that large plans come from small actions.  If complacency is knocking at your door, do not let it come in. It will not be a good visit no matter how pleasant it may try to appear. Keep moving forward!

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