by Trey Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
You ever had a pebble stuck in your shoe? Or a strawberry seed stuck between your teeth? In a weird way, I am asking you to feel that way when you read this.
I want it to be mildly uncomfortable, and only a little painful. Not like the time you kissed that person in eighth grade and later found out it was your cousin… but more like how Jesus and all the heroes of the Bible felt.
Why is uncomfortable good? Being uncomfortable promotes change. It should be a catalyst for action. If something bothers you, you should do something about it, right? If a fly is buzzing around you, don’t you swat at it? If your foot falls asleep, don’t you shake it out?
So why do we get so comfortable in our Christianity that complacency becomes good enough. Our busy lives take the place of our Biblical lives. Maybe you are at a place in your life where you need to swat a few things. Maybe you need to shake some things up.
We know that serving the Lord in this world is not easy. If you find being a Christian easy (here’s where feathers may get ruffled…), then you may not be doing it right. Are you like a Christian with training wheels and a safety helmet who stays on the sidewalk, or are you jumping creeks and popping wheelies in the neighbor’s yard?
All the greats in the Bible were extremely uncomfortable in every sense of the word – they were beat down mentally, emotionally and physically. Think about some of the greats: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Paul and especially, Jesus. To do as God calls and find yourself successful at answering that call, you will inevitably find yourself in uncomfortable situations.
Are you up to being challenged to live in discomfort? Are you taking up a cross in your life?Life is a journey toward eternity. That eternity will be forever with Jesus. You in?
I’ll leave you with this verse:
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35