Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Take comfort in being uncomfortable, Part I

So I have been thinking about some things and again they converged to make a thought. One day I was sitting at a stop light and I looked over at a minibus which was jammed full of people. It was a hot day, and I just remember thinking how uncomfortable that must be. Then I looked over to my right and there was a bigger mini bus, a little less full, each rider had their own seats, and people looked more comfortable. I occurred to me that people really do pay for comfort. From walking to mini bus to luxury mini bus to taxi to your own car, we all pay for comfort. Whether it is first class to coach, luxury suite to backpacking lodge, from expensive shoes to cheap shoes, comfort costs comfortably. I was thinking about being here in Zambia has been uncomfortable, to put it mildly. I think I felt comfortable once last month in the morning while I was still in my warm bed. Is comfort bad? Is being or choosing comfort a sin? I love being comfortable. And yet, I know that God cares more about my character than my comfort and more about my holiness than my happiness.

I recommended a website last week called "The rebelution" which is a website for teens that encourages them to do hard things. I thought usually it is the other way around, in that adults come up with a popular book and then they make it for the teens as well, but this is the other way where I think they should make a book for adults as well. If we adults never do hard things, when are our kids going to be able to learn how to do hard things. Things like sacrificing money for a missionary, moving to a small house so someone can live in a house, visiting the homeless, changing diapers, forgoing the promotion to have more time with the family, getting up early to spend time in the Word, fasting for your family, and sharing your faith publicly in your work are just small ways to model doing hard things. Instead, it seems that it is all to easy to buy into the American lie that being comfortable is justifiable because everyone else is doing it.

Is being comfortable a sin? Well, let me answer that question with a question. Does being comfortable require you to live by faith? If without faith it is impossible to please God, am I pleasing God when I live for comfort? Or another question might be, is my faith hindered when I am living comfortably? Is there any correlation between faith and comfort? And what if there is a correlation, that the two are mutually exclusive. What would that do for my life, in that, which one would win my time, energy and affections?

What do you think?

2 comments:

aaron james gibbs said...
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Bigley Family said...

You're making me uncomfortable, Steve. Hey...I must be developing faith!

Brother, you are right on. Keep bringing it.

RB