One thing I've noticed is that Jesus never stayed in one place too long. He never got too comfortable. He was constantly on the move.
I think we ought to be more like that.
I ought to be more like that.
I'm not the biggest risk taker, I don't like feeling vulnerable, and I really don't like uncomfortable situations. Because I'm stubborn and because I would rather stay where I am, I often leave little room for God to stretch and expand my capacity.
Comfort is certainly not a bad thing, but I've discovered that too much of it can be. We were not made to live familiar, easy, convenient, safe and ordinary lives.
With Him, there is always more: more to do, more to see and more to be. The problem is, a lot of us are too scared to pursue more. Myself included. Change is scary. It's uncomfortable. Very. And as people, it's just not our thing. Naturally we gravitate toward individuals, situations and places that feel familiar. We like security. We like to play it safe. We like to stick to what we know.
I guess the image above sums up everything that I have been learning recently. Comfort will only get you so far. If you are too scared to leave behind the familiar, you will always find yourself just on the edge of God's future for you. Close, but not close enough... almost there, but not really. Don't stay there. It isn't a very comfortable place to be. And it isn't where you're meant to be.
Right now I'm learning that if I want to receive every good thing that God wants to bring into my life, I have to be bold - bold enough to abandon my safety net, bold enough to venture beyond familiar horizons, bold enough to set aside my fear, and bold enough to believe that what is coming is better than what has gone.
Don't let your own plans get in the way of God's. Never be satisfied with where you are. Never let anything or anyone fool you into thinking that this is as good as it will ever get. God has so much more for you, and His promises are there for the taking - you just have to do your part to get there. God is waiting for you to plunge into everything He has for you. His plans may not always align with yours but honestly, just go with it. Growth happens when we face the entirety of life, not when we avoid the things that stir us out of our comfort zone. Regardless of how uncomfortable you may be feeling right now, wait with the eager expectation that He will deliver what He has promised you.
God's got you - always! So, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Don't be afraid of failure. Make mistakes. Get out there. If God is prompting you to move beyond your comfort zone, just do it. Do it scared. Pop that safety bubble. Do something you've never done. Dare to leave old things behind. Take one step towards God... and watch Him turn up big time.
There is more.