As leaders in Christian ministry I think it’s a safe guess to assume all of us want to make a difference in the world in general, and in the lives of women in particular. And it’s probably also true that we sometimes fall short of our own expectations.
Why is that? What keeps us from accomplishing the good we want to do? Here’s a big one for me: it’s easier to be comfortable. It’s safer to stay in my familiar routine and not get out there too far where I may attract disapproval or judgment or even (gasp) rejection!
Here’s something posted this week by Ann Voskamp that jumped out at me and poked me right in my good intentions.
I wish there was a way to make a difference from right here in my comfort zone. But that doesn’t seem to be the way God works.
So many stories in the Bible are about people who are called to step away from comfortable.
Moses wanted to stay safely out of the public eye, comfortably tending his sheep. Instead he got to confront the king with an ultimatum.
Gideon was called out of “unknown” to become a war hero.
Peter was more comfortable as a rough fisherman. And he found himself speaking in front of the religious leaders of the day.
Esther had to get very uncomfortable–risking her life by presenting herself uninvited before the king.
What do you think? Is God asking you to step away from comfortable in order to accomplish something for Him? If He is, there’s a good opportunity right around the corner to get some help with that.
Join us for our next LIFT event on September 12, where Jill Rhodes will be sharing important information about how we can address some of the issues facing women today. Whatever God asks us to do next might still be uncomfortable, but at least we’ll have some tools and insight to apply, as well as the support of the LIFT network.
See you there?