Do you prefer to be comfortable? Often we can devote our time, money, and energy to keeping it that way. If it's hot in the summer we turn on the AC. If it's cold in the winter we crank up the heat. Your closest friends tend to be those that you feel the most comfortable around. And there's nothing wrong with being comfortable-the problem is when we become too comfortable. God didn't create us just to be comfortable. He calls us to live for something much bigger.
Relationships are sometimes the hardest area for us to be stretched in. It's easy to get so caught up with our circle of friends that we don't make room for anyone new. When have you had an opportunity recently to reach out to or interact with someone new?
Did you miss an opportunity to share God's love with someone struggling with loneliness, or maybe it was a chance to be challenged by a fresh perspective and new insight? Life's not always about what's easy and comfortable for us.
As part of the body of Christ we are called to get involved. But what if there aren't any needs in my area of comfort? Instead of only looking to get involved in the areas we feel most comfortable in or "called to" as some put it, why not ask what the most pressing needs are and fill those even if it's not our first choice. Luke 10:2 says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." To follow Christ's example is to become servants and allow Christ to use us in unexpected ways.
How will you be open to God using you in unexpected ways this week?