Fresh Hope – 9th September 2020

I wear contact lenses. When you put in a new set of contact lenses they are very comfortable to wear and you totally forget that they are even on your eyeballs! As the contact lenses start to get older, they start to get increasingly uncomfortable. For non-contact lense wearers, I would describe the feeling of old lenses as being like a gritty feeling in your eye – like you have a sand grain in your eye. It bothers you all day, and you cannot wait to get home and get the lenses out! If it weren’t for my eyes getting uncomfortable, I wouldn’t know that my contact lenses are actually getting old and know that they need to be changed. It is when they get uncomfortable, that I know it is time to be out with the old, and in with the new!

What are some areas in your life where you are feeling uncomfortable? Perhaps, like an old pair of contact lenses, the discomfort in your life is the trigger point for CHANGE! 

Humans are creatures of habit. We love consistent routines. If we follow the same pattern, it minimises mental stress and we feel comfortable. Leaving our comfort zone can mean risk and anxiety, which we don’t generally enjoy. 

But here is why we should be open to change and therefore discomfort: 

1) God is always on the move. He is alive, not dead. While the character of God remains the same, God is always up to something new and wants to include us in on the journey. If we are followers of Him, expect change. This is a privilege, but can be a discomfort if we are set in our ways. 

‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!’ Isaiah 43:18. 

2) God cares about character growth. Growth involves change. Growth and therefore change can hurt. Expect growth pains if you desire to step into all God has for you. 

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful’ (John 15:1-2). 

3) God loves to challenge us to think beyond ourselves, and our “feel-good bubble”. One area in which we may need some change in is our relationships. We love hanging around people like us – people who agree with us, and people who are what we are used to. This feels comfortable, but what if there are different aspects of God to learn in different kinds of people? What if there were different perspectives to be found in other people? Actively seek people who don’t just agree with you, but challenge you! A healthy diet doesn’t just consist of all the same foods. Imagine how boring and unhealthy a diet of just bananas would be! Be open to a healthy variety in your life. Be open to people that perhaps make you feel uncomfortable, but bring about healthy change in your life! 

Get comfortable with uncomfortable in order to walk into the fullness of all that God has for you! 

Emma Burchell

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