Leaving Comfort and other musings
What is it like to leave comfort, to leave the knowable, the familiar, the routine perhaps? Welcome to my life. It seems I worked so hard to get to a point where my head is above water. I know the schedule, the routine, the process, what it takes to do what I need to do week in and week out to produce the best life possible for my wife and kids. Well, we made it. Things became comfortable, knowable, routine, good. Then BAM! God shook all that up. I distnictly recall the "aha" moments when I sensed God doing something in my heart to rock my comfortable world. There wasn't just one "aha" moment, there have been several. Honestly, that's what it took for me to get shaken out of this comfy life I spent so many years working toward. Several moments of God's presence, God's clarity, and His Word guiding me, showing me the uncomfortable path He has in mind for me. I'm not against comfort, heck I've spent most of my life trying to attain it. My problem with my own comfort is that it's not what God has called me to. He showed me, that for me, comfort was a rut. In a rut, there's a level of comfort to it. It's familar, it's routine, it's knowable and again, for me, that rut might get deeper and deeper and I just might lose my sense of mission. God has placed a clear call on my life to reach people who do not know Jesus....period. Reaching people for Jesus is often UNcomfortable. It means stretching, growing, always changing to reach one more person. That means I can NEVER get comfortable if I am to fulfill my call. So, we're downsizing, selling almost everything, moving, pulling up roots, heading out, going south (geographically, not mentally hopefully), getting totally UNcomfortable in order to reach more people...God has made it clear in order to reach more we must leave our comfort, leave the knowable, the familiar, and the routine to follow the God who is knowable, familiar, but certainly not routine.
Candice Lovett said:
what a great perspective! thanks for your insight. sometimes i worry about our decision to move and i second guess our choice (as i am sure Janie has told you). i want to do what pleases God, but it’s sooooo COMFORTABLE here. the routine, the knowable as you said…it’s hard to take that next step of obedience. i am thankful that you are one to help lead the flock for Jesus. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.