Friday, July 13, 2012

Get comfortable being uncomfortable????

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.   Ephesians 2:10 
Recently in the middle of killing myself during an exercise DVD, the celebrity trainer said that we needed to “get comfortable being uncomfortable”.  I thought that was an interesting thought.  We live in a society where we are constantly seeking comfort.  We get into our comfort zone and we don’t want to budge.  We can then become too comfortable.  When we are too comfortable we are not changing, not growing.  We settle for good enough and don’t push ourselves.  When we become too comfortable, we stay and trod on the beaten path instead of blazing a trail.  We can become complacent instead of encouraging progress and changing the world.  

When you get uncomfortable, you push your boundaries, step out of your comfort zone and this is where change begins to happen.  Being uncomfortable leads to growth and it may be painful and scary but the results are worth it. 

In a physical workout, being physically uncomfortable is where we gain increased strength, speed and agility.  In relationships, being vulnerable and uncomfortable is where we create true bonds with others.  In career or business, taking uncomfortable risks or doing work outside of our “comfort zone” is where we can advance ourselves to the next level.  In all of these areas the growth we see is well worth the pain of change.

Our Christian walk is all about a metamorphosis...a Transformation.  God takes our lives and bends us, even sometimes breaks us to bring about the change in our life that He has purposed.  If we fight Him, we miss out on the blessings He has planned for us.

I am so qualified to say this because no one likes their comfort zone more than me.  I stand at the boundary armed, daring any intruder to advance and challenge me to grow! Fortunately, the circumstances of life (under God’s control) have caused me to grow because they have me forced out of my comfort zone and allowed Him to transform my life.  He is not done yet and yes, I still fight sometimes because change is scary and uncomfortable.  But I know that He has a plan and a purpose in everything and my life will be better for it in the long run.

Maybe you have not reached the full potential God has for you.  Are you comfortably stagnating, accepting the status quo, aspiring for nothing more in your life?  Perhaps God is calling you out of your comfort zone to a new direction...teaching, a mission trip, feeding the homeless?  What has He laid on your heart that you are shoving aside because it makes you uncomfortable to think about it? 

Scripture to Claim:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

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