While telling some of my journey…my success and failures…I shared how I had to adjust my attitude (pride, arrogance, control, fear) before I could succeed. In a moment of personal revelation I expressed a truth:
“Comfort is poison that takes the life out of vision.”
Now, that’ll tweet…The quote was met with many nods and comments. I don’t believe that I stole it from anyone but, if I did, this is the last time they get credit (even anonymous).
As I strutted off the platform while giving myself high fives, I never realized that I had once again grown comfortable.
The problem with comfort is that it is so comfortable we often don’t even know we are “there.” Why move…shift…stretch…grow…change when it feels so good to stay where we are?
A tree that quits growing is a tree that dies. God makes us grow by shaking up our comfort zone so that our roots dig deeper. I received a bit of shaking later that day.
It wasn’t bad news and even has potential for being good…it wasn’t a huge deal and not even a certainty…it wasn’t anything but a small tremble but through it I realized yet another revelation; I like where I am…it is comfortable because it feels good.
At that point I had two choices:
- Go to worry and control…
- Get a bigger vision…
I started working on vision.
It’s important to note that no one likes change. It’s hard for everyone. Even someone who stands in front of a group and boldly announces that “comfort is poison that takes the life out of vision.”
We are in control of our own attitudes. When we see a challenge to our comfort zone then maybe it is God stirring us up for a growth opportunity.
The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people (CHANGE) do to me? Psalm 118:6
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who (WHAT CHANGE) can be against us? Romans 8:31