At some point, we connected being a “good Christian” with living a comfortable life. Our definition of being “blessed” more closely resembled a grown-up Christmas list instead of God’s character. Friend, if you’re honestly trying to do God’s will, get comfortable being uncomfortable.
None of us want life to be any harder than necessary. I get it! But, the truth is that we weren’t promised an easy life. In fact, I dare say you should expect things to be challenging if you’re living right.
Being self-aware—hard. Becoming strong—taxing. Growing in patience—painful.
The qualities we all want, the ones allowing us to be a living, breathing example of Christ’s traits, are hard to achieve. Even the awesome qualities we’re each created with intrinsically require personal growth and maturity to tame and wield as something less than a weapon.
This life is not easy. Becoming a better version of yourself is not easy. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. The results are worth it. (even though it won’t feel that way when you’re in the middle of the fight)
Even when you “make it,” life won’t be comfortable
Money, love, jobs—none of this makes life easy or comfortable.
Remember the story of the rich, young man? He had more money than he ever needed but didn’t know how to get into heaven. When Jesus told him to sell everything and give the money to the poor, it was too much to ask. “He went away sorrowful, for he had great possession.” (Matthew 19:22) He still had his money, but he lacked joy and purpose.
David had money, “love,” and was king. Not even his love for God could save him from the consequences of his choices. The series of poor choices leading up to his affair and murderous cover-up didn’t make life easier for him. He lost the respect of those around him. His son died. A trusted military leader lost his life. He had love but lacked peace.
If you’re dreaming of achieving that one big goal or rising to a certain status in hopes of finally feeling complete, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Quite often, the more you have, the more you want. Being content is one of the most difficult feats of all.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
You were created with a purpose in mind. In this world, there will be trouble, but God created you to bring peace to a troubled world. He created you with a story to tell and gifts to share.
The tension you face will push you to the point of breaking, but you will be stronger. Your challenges will be someone else’s encouragement. Wisdom comes from failure.
Do not step back. Do not hold back and hang on to the comfortable life you long for. Step up. Go all in. Trust God to make your way. Get comfortable being uncomfortable, it’s the only way to grow.
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