We are moved by stories and drama and hints and clues and discovery......by moments of triumph, overcoming, and winning.
If you think about it, when you feel most alive, these moments you can remember where you are in your zone and doing remarkable things...you have to ask yourself "were you fitting in or were you stepping into something a bit unknown or out on a limb?"
I am constantly amazed at how our natural instinct is not to seek these moments but to seek the safe comfortable choice. When I say "our natural instinct" I mean "me"..... but there is something inside that knows the safe route is not going to get me where I am living and utilizing all of the things God has created me for.
I read this quote from Seth Godin's book Linchpin that started my thoughts down this road earlier this week:
"the road to comfort is crowded and it rarely gets you there. Ironically, it's those who seek out discomfort that are able to make a difference and find their footing."
Seek out discomfort?.....it is not my normal thing to do when I get up in the morning "seek out discomfort". That is the type of thing most of us "seek to avoid".
But here is the truth I have found in this discomfort moment.....discomfort not only brings engagement and change but passion, purpose, and our true art to rise to the top and make a difference.
You have to do something. You have to move forward.
Now this is where I have to say that I ....that you can not do this on our own. This is not a self help moment, this is living to our fullest potential that was placed in us by intelligent design.
God himself made you for great things. So when you find your self in a moment of discomfort embrace it. Here is a great encouragement from our friend Max Lucado:
The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don’t cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don’t turn up the TV and pretend they aren’t there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think.God is able to accomplish, provide, help, save, keep, subdue… He is able to do what you can’t. He already has a plan. God’s not bewildered. Go to Him. – Max Lucado
There is a solution, a creative solution, a remarkable solution, a God solution. Now step into your next moment.