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Comfort Zone... a Beautiful Place, but Does Anything Grow There?

Thank you to my guest writer, Becky. She is my incredible Sister-in-Love. She is completely talented in all ways and all she touches turns beautiful. She’s an unbelievable singer and worship leader, ridiculously artistic, determined and bold in her convictions, and a loving mom and wife. I know her words will be uplifting to your soul. ~ Kristie

As women, we are always on the constant search for what makes us feel good. Whether it’s the softest sweater, the figure-flattering dress with pockets, the best spa in town, or the workout that leaves us with “happy”- building endorphins…we seek comfort!

There’s even a bestseller that has been circulating for a couple of years now with a catchy title about removing your makeup and chilling out. It masks itself in Christian help, but it’s really a self-love book focused on finding your inner peace and allowing more comfort in your life.

But what if I told you that seeking all things comfortable is the exact opposite of your design plan? God did not create us to seek comfort anywhere but in Him. In fact, he designed us to be the ones to walk through messy things in life. He called us to love others.

You and I both know that loving others can be challenging. I’m talking about living life in a way that calls you to walk beside the hurt and the lost of this world. You can’t do that if you’re wrapped up in your robe all the time sipping on your favorite latte. Self-care eventually becomes your measure of worth, and the mirror is lying to you.

Being uncomfortable takes strength, perseverance, and fearlessness to do something that might make you feel completely outside yourself. It requires trusting God to use you for more.

Philippians 2:3-4 reads, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

And… John 15:12-13 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Love never ends. The opportunity to love never ends. Being uncomfortable is part of that.

And, in the end you have to ask yourself – Do you want to be remembered for living a comfortable life, or one that took you on adventure only The Greatest Creator of All Time could design for you? One demands you stepping out of your comfort zone. It demands you put down your mirror and look outside the window. I’ll meet you there.

Becky Shaver

Worship Leader

Liberty Hill, Texas

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