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.