Taking off the Comfortable and Wearing the Uncomfortable
by Becky Brown
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Taking Off The Comfortable
And Wearing the Uncomfortable
Growing in Christ is not an easy thing to do. Just about the time you get comfortable with how things are going in your life, God begins to make things uncomfortable again. It takes time to adjust to the new things God has planned for you. Every few months or years I find this out. I compare it to buying a new pair of shoes. I know I am a little nutty, but read on and see if you don’t agree.
A few weeks ago I noticed my “old faithful – stand – by” tennis shoes were beginning to hurt my feet. They had grown comfortable and not too pretty to look at. I needed new ones. I don’t like to buy new shoes because it takes a while to break them in and feel comfortable…it takes them awhile to become “old faithful”. It seems that just about the time they get to be comfortable, they become ugly and worn out.
That’s how it is with out faith. When we first become a Christian it is not an easy thing for us. It is uncomfortable. God starts working on us and getting rid of those awful, ugly bad habits we have acquired. Those we are comfortable with. It can take some of us a while to adjust to the changes. Sometimes it even hurts. We are comfortable with doing those things and we seem to hate breaking the habit. Or maybe God asks us to change our relationships because they aren’t healthy for us. We hate breaking relationships even though we know that sometimes it’s in our best interest. It hurts!
Just about the time we get involved in church and start participating and become comfortable with who we are and what we are doing, our faith begins to feel uncomfortable. It can take us a while to figure out what is going on. Then we suddenly realize we have outgrown our comfortableness. We begin to struggle with where we are and what we are doing. We know we must change our faith and we know we must seek out new areas for our faith to grow. Sometimes we go on a spiritual retreat, or we go to the Altar and seek a closer relationship, or we get involved in a deep Bible Study that challenges us to change. Then what happens when we begin to change? We get uncomfortable again. We begin to feel the pinching, the tightness, and even the snug feeling. As we grow closer in Christ we find it’s not as bad though as our first change, but it is still uncomfortable.
Then it happens all over again, and again. That’s the way it should be. We should never be comfortable for too long with our faith. We need to seek change, to grow, and to become stronger every year in our faith. Just about the time you think you are comfortable, it is time to ask God to help you become uncomfortable again. We always should be asking Him to help us find areas in our lives where we can improve. It might be in our witnessing to others, or in our giving, or our mission work or maybe just in how we treat others. He might ask you to begin changing your worshiping habits, like attending more often, or becoming more intense. None of us knows what God has planned.
I know for my own self (and through the years) my faith has only grown when I begin to feel uncomfortable with how I am living at the present time. I know when it is time to take off the comfortable and begin living uncomfortable for awhile. It is during those uncomfortable times I can look ahead and know the comfort is coming soon, I must just be patient and wait. That is my prayer for you today. How about being uncomfortable for awhile with me and watch as our faith grows?
“and put on the new self, which in the liknessof God has
been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth”.
“but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him,
who is the head, even Christ,...”
Dear Lord, It is not always easy to take off the old and put on the new. Change can be hard for us to deal with. We like to feel comfortable. Growing can cause growing pains. Growing sometimes mean we must leave the old things behind and move into new areas that can be strange and different. It seems just as we begin to get comfortable You call us to stretch and grow. Help us to be ready to take off the old and put on the new. Give us courage to move forward, trusting You as we go. Thank You, Lord for the opportunity to grow more like You each day. Amen.
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