I remember before I had kids, I mostly lived my life with the motto, “We only have one life to live, so I’m going to go all out!” I tended to see the good in all situations and had an optimistic outlook on life for the most part. Insert two children into my life and my motto drastically changed without me fully recognizing that it even happened. I went from being the kind of person who values adventure and courage to being the kind of person who values comfort and safety. I let my fears take over my life. I found myself being worried about my kids getting sick or hurt or being too tired…the list goes on. Before I knew it, my thoughts were consumed by the negatives and the “what could go wrongs.” Because of this mindset change, I began searching for comfort every day instead of that adventure that I used to crave.
I feel like this happens to a lot of us in different seasons of our lives. We search for feelings of comfort, especially when things feel a bit out of control. The dictionary describes comfort as, “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.” Of course, none of us wants to feel discomfort or pain, so we all tend to seek our own versions of comfort to avoid discomfort. For some, comfort could look like scrolling through your phone or watching hours of tv/movies instead of engaging in life. Comfort could also look like staying in your circle of people and never reaching out to people outside that circle. Comfort can also be staying fixated on your own tasks during the day without looking up to see who might need your help around you. It could even be staying in a job or relationship that you hate simply because it’s something you know which makes it comfortable.
God didn’t design us to live a life only consumed by comfort. He wants us to seek adventure, take risks, pursue passions according to His will. I love the way these verses are described in The Message. Ephesians 11-17 says,
“Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times. Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.”
These verses make it clear to me that God calls us to do more than seek comfort. He wants us to chase after His will for our lives. I know that every time I’ve chased after God’s will for my life it has been anything but comfortable! But it has always been amazingly good.