Friday, September 20, 2019

Get comfortable being uncomfortable????

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Once upon a time, long ago when I actually did exercise, 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 toocomfortable.  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 on stay 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 pushyour boundaries, step outof your comfort zone and this is where change begins to happen. Uncomfortable leads to growth and it may be painful and scary, but the results are worth it.  
Sometimes in our Christian walk we need a metamorphosis. That is what it is all about.  Transformation.  God takes our lives and He bends and 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.  
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 your “comfort zone” is where we can advance yourself to the next level, all of these examples being well worth the pain of change.
I am 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, circumstances of life (circumstances or God?) have forced me from my comfort zone and I have been grown due to stepping out of my comfort zone and allowing Him to bring a transformation in 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, 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?  

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:22-24

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