I love comfy things. It might be a ragged pair of shoes or sweat pants with stains and holes – but they just fit so well and feel so comfortable.
I slipped into my favorite pair of faded, torn jeans and slid on a pair of loafers that should have been thrown away months ago. After all, comfort is one of the perks of working from home. I was feeling all snuggly and comfy – until I remembered my work meeting uptown.
My comfy attire was unacceptable in a professional setting. Though I would definitely feel comfortable, my boss and coworkers surely would not. My comfort would be a setback to my credibility and presentation. If I were to show up like this repeatedly, I’d stunt my promotional potential, my integrity would be questioned, and my ongoing employment may even be at risk.
God chose my ill-timed desire for comfort to speak truth to me. There is an inherent danger in growing comfortable with things in my life that hold me back from God’s greater good. Whether it is a comfortable (though unhealthy) habit, a monotonous daily routine that doesn’t allow for God’s spontaneous blessings and insight, or simply apathy in my Christian walk. Just because something feels good, doesn’t necessarily mean it is best.
Peter encourages us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Growing involves expanding, getting stronger, becoming different – but better. In essence, growth involves change. And therein lies the challenge, does it not? As creatures of habit, we resist change even though it may be the very best thing for us. As an example, most babies holler and cry when they have their diapers changed; however, that very change is what parents know is best for the child.
God has changes in mind for you. Those comfortable faded jeans or worn out shoes He is encouraging you to leave behind will help you grow into the stronger, better person He wants you to become. Yes, such a change may be painful for the moment. But when you look back, you will find it was necessary for your growth and development. Embrace change.
For now, please excuse me – I need to go change my clothes.
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