The Comfort of Discomfort

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Being uncomfortable means to live in such a way that always requires active faith and trust in God. We need to remain uncomfortable because we want to grow in strength, wisdom, character and faith. 

What are you doing today to get uncomfortable? What are you intentionally doing to position yourself outside of your comfort zone? Why is it important that we embrace discomfort with fearlessness?

The word uncomfortable isn’t a word we are naturally drawn to when we think of words to describe our desired place mentally, physically or spiritually. 

Many of us began this new year with fresh goals, plans and dreams that we are striving for—maybe it was to write a book, lose weight, drink more water, walk in freedom or to choose joy in all seasons. Writing these goals down, declaring them to our friends and even wearing it on a necklace is exciting.

But, it’s in the moment when you and I begin to take steps towards these goals that things begin to get uncomfortable. Maybe it’s waking up earlier to spend time in prayer and devotion before your busy day, going to sleep earlier so you can have enough sleep for your morning workout, writing the beginning pages of a book you’ve been wanting to write or sharing your faith in your workplace or at school.

Whatever it is, doing something new is uncomfortable! And because it’s uncomfortable, we don’t always embrace the process because, let’s be honest, it doesn’t feel good. We start to feel incapable of achieving our desired goals or dreams, and discouragement creeps in.

This is where many of  us lose sight of our dreams and our goals. This is where many of us forget that it’s right in the middle of feeling uncomfortable that God meets us and brings strength to every area we feel weak.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, New International Version) 

God’s power works best in our uncomfortable zone! Pushing back the fear and the desire to back down, turn around and give up on our goals and dreams ushers in great strength and power. If you have been feeling overwhelmed, discouraged because you are experiencing hardship, trial and discomfort - trust that God has heard the desires of your heart, is honoring your prayers and is leading you.

It’s the uncomfortable moments that usher in fresh grace, new strength and greater faith. I know you want to see your goals accomplished, barriers shattered and dreams become reality! So, look for ways to actively place yourself out of your comfort zone. Do things they require faith. 

I know you not only want to achieve these goals, but you want to grow in strength in every area of your life. Growth is only made possible by the amount of ‘uncomfortable’ we are willing to endure. So, let me ask you again, what are you doing today to get uncomfortable? 

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