comfort.

There is much to be thankful for in these days.
In days where many struggle to feed, clothe and house their family, I am thankful that these are not our most apparent struggles in our day to day.  It does not escape me that these are huge blessings.

Though this road to home has been hard for us...and undoubtedly will continue to be so...I am thankful for the discomfort that it brings.

As weird as it may sound, to me, that discomfort ensures me that this difficult passage of our life is not without its rewards.  We are growing closer to Him.  We are being anti the society that says do all that makes you comfortable and happy.  Life is not about having what you want, when you want it.  Of being told that what you want to hear, when you want to hear it.

We are becoming less a part of trendy entitled society.  And I am thankful for it.

Todays post by Edie said out loud what I think most days.  

I hate when a pastor says "I'm sorry if this makes you uncomfortable" when making a reference to the gospel that should be preached at every single opportunity that is to be had.  The Gospel of Jesus should not be a guest in church but more so a permanent fixture.  Churches should be less concerned with numbers, hipness and being appealing to the masses.  The gospel SHOULD make you uncomfortable.

I'm not a fan of coddling anyone.  Child, friend, pastor or peer.  I refuse to participate in societies idea that life should be at all times HAPPY, COMFORTABLE and without pain.  We are entitled to nothing yet people continually profess to be entitled to all.

We are but a humble creation of a loving God.  That He had such love and compassion for that He CHOSE to save us from ourselves that we may be with Him in the end.

I read a wide range of "Christian" blogs...and many of them often make me raise my eyebrows at what they profess.  Their entitlement to getting their hair done, or buying new shoes, or buying a huge house that they can't afford, or the movie choices they brag of...often have me wonder where the Gospel lies in their lives.

Don't even get me started on people who say they have no time to read their Bible.

Don't get me wrong, I am not professing to having it all together.  Understanding of God's word and works is a lifetime career that any disciple of Christ should be in pursuit of and I am not an exception to that rule.  And believe me...I literally FEEL it when I am not in pursuit of Him and His desires for me.  I have to work to make the time to read and seek and search.

I would love, more than anything...a never ending trend of uncomfortable living that would draw people to a true living and love for Christ and less trends of "Christ is so cool and once you join our church your life will be, like, totally awesome."

I want to live in a world where it is acceptable to say things that people NEED to hear, even if it is hard or difficult to do so.
I want to live in a world where people live on what they have earned.  Not where they DEMAND what they think they are entitled to.

If only people had a deep understanding what we are really and truly entitled to in terms of our sin and the consequences we would face if not for the love and grace of God.  And lived a life that was humbled and thankful to not receive such entitlements as those.

I choose to be thankful not to receive what I am entitled to when defined that way.

Life is not always easy.  Life is not always happy.  But can always be JOYful.  And an eternity in heaven with Him will make all discomfort worth it in the end.

xo    
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13 comments:

sandandstarfish said...

LOVELY post!
I recently wrote about my struggle with my shop/blog and realized I had forgotten to ask Hod to help me with it. I wrote about how Gid would now be a part of both and I almost wrote, "I apologize if you do not like this or agree with this" and then thought, what the heck?! Apologize? To who? For what?! For loving a God that loves me back? For sharing my favorite scriptures and showcasing His work? No apology for that, e-v-e-r!!
It's sad that Christians who live and walk the Christian life get the evil eye from other Christians who don't feel like we need to proclaim our faith daily.
Thanks for this post! It was what I needed to read today!

derekcindyterp said...

What a wonderful and well said post. SO TRUE. ALL of it. My family and I go to one of the "boring" churches where the preaching of God's word is first and foremost. What a blessing to hear God's word proclaimed twice every Sunday. This is also indeed a rich blessing, not an entitlement...

. said...

I think you're totally right. I agree completely! I've come across many blogs that fret about saying how they truly feel about the Lord because they're too afraid of losing readers.

Sarah said...

i was thinking about you as i ran last night. feeling your hurt and disappointment at not being "home". I love coming here and seeing your beautiful family and hearing your heart. I too know what it's like to find yourself not at "home" 6 years ago we came to LA....it has taken that long to find a few good friends and start to call this place home, to be at peace with us four being it, to come to terms with missing family and all that comes with it. I hope you get 'home" soon or that you can soon call your current place home. big hugs

Karen S said...

Once again I am finding common ground even coming from the opposite end of the religious spectrum! My church's social justice council frequently talks about not just comforting the afflicted but afflicting the comfortable :)

Melissa said...

Mmm, good, this is good. I don't know what your "story" is, but I, too, feel that as uncomfortable as I've been where we are now, it is not futile. For a planner and someone who really wants to be comfortable, discomfort is hard. I tell the girls in our youth group all of the time, "We were never promised a life with Him would be easy, but it does give us hope." That "not easy" part is hard to live out, but if I'm going to say it, I have to be willing to live it!

Thanks for this post.

Yolanda said...

I so agree with this post. I find that many blogs especially some of the Christian blogs present a view that life is all about going to a certain place on vacation and getting the newest i phone and camera and having the perfect life when most of us struggle to pay bills and just make ends meet. I also feel that sometime the fact that I have to work as I am the primary breadwinner is somehow looked down on as not christian even though I am a nurse. I feel some christians present a Pollyanna view of faith to the world and I feel real faith is evident when you can maintain it during the darkest days of your life. Thanks for being truthful about real life.

Janna said...

Have you ever heard the term "Bloom where you are planted?" Has it occurred to you that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this season in time? I challenge you to focus on how you can enjoy TODAY.. exactly where you are.. not envy others for being where you think you want to be.. or complain about not being there.. Just BE.. BE STILL.. and enjoy today.. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it! <3

blueschoolmomma said...

Great post! Thanks!

Kristi Wyckoff said...

I am swimming in discomfort now (for about 18 months now). As a good friend once told me, God cares about character more than comfort. I didn't like that statement at first, but I am starting to realize the truth to that and I am clinging to God as I ride this uncomfortable situation which may never go away. Sure, I have a choice, but in my case, it is not a choice God would approve of. Only in Him do I find peace in the midst of confusion and pain. I don't know if God will alleviate this pain in my lifetime, but I have to believe that if I am faithful to Him, he will have a great reward for me someday. I hope you can find your peace with God wherever and however you are. And I hope that you end up where you really want to be.

Kristi Wyckoff said...

I am swimming in discomfort now (for about 18 months now). As a good friend once told me, God cares about character more than comfort. I didn't like that statement at first, but I am starting to realize the truth to that and I am clinging to God as I ride this uncomfortable situation which may never go away. Sure, I have a choice, but in my case, it is not a choice God would approve of. Only in Him do I find peace in the midst of confusion and pain. I don't know if God will alleviate this pain in my lifetime, but I have to believe that if I am faithful to Him, he will have a great reward for me someday. I hope you can find your peace with God wherever and however you are. And I hope that you end up where you really want to be.

Kristi Wyckoff said...

I am swimming in discomfort now (for about 18 months now). As a good friend once told me, God cares about character more than comfort. I didn't like that statement at first, but I am starting to realize the truth to that and I am clinging to God as I ride this uncomfortable situation which may never go away. Sure, I have a choice, but in my case, it is not a choice God would approve of. Only in Him do I find peace in the midst of confusion and pain. I don't know if God will alleviate this pain in my lifetime, but I have to believe that if I am faithful to Him, he will have a great reward for me someday. I hope you can find your peace with God wherever and however you are. And I hope that you end up where you really want to be.

CJ said...

I agree with you!! Found your blog via Etsy.

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