Many “in the world” struggle with serious, obvious issues such as drugs and immorality.  For most members of the Church, however, these and other sins of commission generally are not an issue.  In a way, this distinction can lead to a false sense of security.  Almost subconsciously, we may think that since we don’t struggle with the vices of the world that we “have it made,” and in this mode, we may feel little motivation to try to improve ourselves.

In my opinion, for many members of the Church, one of the greatest challenges we face is complacency.  Nephi foretold that this would be one of Satan’s strategies in the last days:  “And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say:  All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well- and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them way carefully down to hell.”  I believe that complacency leads to spiritual slothfulness and sins of omission- of not fully following the Savior and neglecting others for whom we have stewardship.

We are all familiar with the scripture “For unto whom much is given much is required.”  Perhaps for most of us, breaking out of this comfort zone is not so much a matter of doing more but rather becoming more and being more mindful about that which we do- praying more intently, studying and feasting upon the scriptures, serving with greater love, taking time to ponder, repenting with more sincerity, trusting in and relying more fully on the Savior, “remembering” more frequently, etc.

I love these words from Elder Hilbig’s conference address:  “The path to eternal life is not on a plateau.  Rather, it is an incline, ever onward and upward.  Hence, ever increasing spiritual understanding and energy are required to reach our destination.”  Later he adds, “Whatever level of spiritual development each of us may presently have, there always exists a higher level within our reach.”

The concept of eternal progression is comforting to me.  But I often wonder if our progress in the next life will at least in part be determined by our desire and effort to progress in this life.  Considering the amount of light and knowledge I have been given, much is expected of me, and I hope to remember daily to avoid the trap of complacency.

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