Friday, May 10, 2013

What Will You Do for Comfort...and What Will Comfort Do For You?


Comfort


The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you…”  Genesis 12:1



Comfort...

It’s something I want, sometimes desperately.

It’s something I seek through the wrong things sometimes…food, wine, procrastination. It’s a bit like looking for love in all the wrong places.

It can be a beautiful thing. Comfort from a beloved friend, my good husband, my sweet sisters. When I’m sad, comfort can bring me back.

But comfort is something I can also get too comfortable with. The comfort of staying where I am. Doing what I’m doing. Not pushing past the obstacles. Not trying something new. Not daring.

Comfort can hold me back. I know discomfort can expand my boundaries. Expand my territory, my thinking, my feelings, my relationships.

So if I’m clinging on too hard to comfort, instead of being comforted, it becomes a hindrance to the more that awaits, the more that broadens, the more that God offers.

Oh I am a creature of comfort believe me. I like the routine. Like the same. I resist change.
I know not to get too comfortable with comfort because then I’m in danger of never doing, never knowing, never grasping all that is here for me, for you.

I’m uncomfortable in a room full of people I don’t know, but If I push past, I experience new.

I’m uncomfortable trying to write a new thing, but if I stay where I am get to keep what I’m doing.

I’m uncomfortable putting myself out there, but then I’m the one who loses.

Comfort is sometimes full of false promise. A little overrated…

Every Friday LisaJoBaker.com hosts a 5 Minute Friday prompt. Come on over and see how many fascinating words can be written on one word Comfort.

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22 comments:

  1. I couldn't have written this myself. Blessings to you.

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  2. *I meant to say that I could have written this myself.

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    1. Well thanks Dina! I think we might be in the same stage of life as well.

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  3. Beautiful post. Honest. Thought-provoking. I appreciated hearing ways that you personally struggle and tangible actions steps you walk to push through to "experience new."

    Glad I stopped by tonight! :)

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    1. Thanks Shannon! When I was younger, I really was so timid and insecure that I'm not sure I could've pushed through. A little progress, probably because I've learned to lean on our Trustworthy God!

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  4. That was a lovely post! I appreciated how you pointed out how comfort can be a good thing and a bad thing.

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    1. So many things are double-edged, right?

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    2. So true! (I love your blog title and tagline, by the way!)

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  5. Elise, this spoke right to my heart...how comfort can be a good and bad thing. I don't write about it much, but you got me with how comfort can be found in food. Funny how we find comfort in something that is so momentary and then hurts. Not sure if that made sense. I simply love how you wrote on this word. Many blessings. Beth

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    1. Yes, Beth, makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, the flesh draws us to things that aren't good for us often. And we are a people of instant gratification! I'm trying to get my flesh under control through South Beach and a lot of God. I forget that this eating for comfort is a problem only God can handle. I am very weak in this area. But I forget or ignore...and walk away from this truth, rebelliously eating, and wind up so angry at myself for being here again...regaining weight I have lost. Oh God help me! Bless you friend!

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  6. Oh, yes, I feel the exact same way-- I am a creature of habit and seek comfort in things that aren't necessarily what my body or soul needs! Thanks for this reminder.

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  7. I guess we all are to some degree Elizabeth. I know there are ways to seek comfort that are good for me...and I'm working on making those my habits instead of cookies!

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  8. Beautiful, my friend. A confession? Even if I have my brave moments, I like my comforts, too...it's way too easy to let routine and comfort become normal. I'm in a season right now when I'm very aware of that...and kind of wondering what God is going to do with it. :) Thank you for sharing this! Blessings!

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    1. Mel, if you're willing, He's able. And if you're open, He'll lead you into things you may not be comfortable with, but they are for your good...and His glory! Lord have your way with us. Blessings, Friend!

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  9. Yeah, I like this and I get it - I often wonder what I miss out, because I like being comfortable too much, and don't push myself to try new things.....

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  10. Well today can be the day you try something new...something you're uncomfortable with. Go ahead...I'm cheering you on!

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  11. Yeah! So proud of you. FMF can be addicting, once you toss fear aside. Well written. Keep it up.
    Peace and good to you, my friend in whose presence I find comfort.
    Chelle

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    1. And that's when comfort is a good thing...when we exchange comfort in friendship. So thankful for our friendship!

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  12. I so need courage to step out of my comfort zone. Comfort is the thing we long for but also the thing that holds us back. I long to ebb and flow in it. enjoying it yet pushing past it.

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  13. Yes, Kimberly, I like that! There's balance in ebbing and flowing in comfort.

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  14. What a great reminder! My first thought when I saw this topic was that comfort is a good thing, but you're so right....it can become our greatest desire as well and keep us where we are. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yes, Reb! Comfort can be an awesome thing. But I can make it an idol...seeking it instead of Him who is our great comforter. Bless you!

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