As I have mentioned before, I do not do well with change. I strive in a consistent and controlled environment. During last week’s service at our home church, our pastor discussed the difference between comfort and boldness. Just as our professional lives, relationships, and daily tasks will not grow without taking chances, the same is with our faith. We cannot truly build our relationship with Christ without living a life outside of our comfort zone. And to be honest- that scares me, as it does most people. I’m definitely not a risk-taker, I mean, the unknown is just so unstable. But that’s exactly it- FAITH, by its very definition, is believing without knowing the outcome. As it states in Hebrews 11:1, faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Faith is a verb. We make a choice everyday to live out our faith. And by doing so, we must step outside that little bubble we live in and do what our secular bodies are resisting, by living boldly. When we live a life of comfort, we avoid opposition and trial, which weakens our faith, making life an empty and meaningless vessel. However, when we choose to live boldly, we will face opposition, which in turn, will strengthen our faith and bring us closer to Christ. Did you just say we would face opposition? That’s right. We will face opposition to our faith and hardships in our lives. Unfortunately, it is a part of our time on earth that we must endure. However, just as Peter promised, don’t be surprise at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, by very glad–for these trials make you partners with Christ in HIs suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world. 1 Peter 4: 12-13
When we challenge ourselves, we discover what we are capable of that we might not have been confident about previously. We push through struggles we didn’t think we would survive. And realize how much we truly need Christ’s love and how available it is to us.
On cold mornings just as this, we enjoy snuggling up in cozy clothes. I definitely enjoy a big, chunky sweater and leggings, just like this athleisure outfit. While you choose comfy attire this late fall, my challenge for you (& myself 🙂 ) is this: to live boldly outside your comfort zone. Take a chance- apply for that job you were pushing off because you are unsure of what it may hold. Ask that coworker to join you for lunch, even if you do not have a lot in common. Reach out to that friend who you had a falling-out with, even if you are afraid of rejection. Volunteer at the local food drive this Thanksgiving instead of staying in the comfort of your normal at-home traditions. So wear that comfy sweater, but live outside your comfort zone. Do what is right, and trust God with the results!
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