I am going to pick on my dearest and oh so sweet husband of mine. The best part about being married is that you are allowed to pick on each other as long as you have a good heart about it. I love my husband dearly, he’s the best thing that has happened to me since I discovered coffee. We have several things in common, but to be honest we share one quality the most; we are very different. When people say opposites attract and you don’t believe them, think of me and Ryan because we are basically a living example of that. I am an extrovert and Ryan tends to be an introvert (until you get to know him). I love everything to do with traveling; Ryan likes traveling but gets impatient with the journey to a destination. There are many other things but you get the idea. We balance each other well.
As we were chatting the other night, my thoughts became clouded with this idea of being comfortable. I think I can speak for most of us here when I say we as human beings like to be comfortable. We like to do things that are in our comfort zone; no one likes to be uncomfortable right? It gets awkward, you get stressed out and it means you have to change who you are for a few minutes, days or maybe even years. I grew up being uncomfortable, not literally, but I had to experience changes without a choice. I moved to a different country where I had to quickly learn a new language and adapt to the lifestyle change I was about to endure. I am used to this concept of being out of my comfort zone, I go to strip clubs to hand out cupcakes to dancers for crying out loud, if that’s not out of someone’s comfort zone I don’t know what is. However, there are many times I still hesitate to step outside of my comfort wall that I create around me. Ryan does not like being outside of his comfort zone. He gets stressed out and he feels awkward, as he should, we all feel like this, but there is something utterly inspiring and beautiful when we are put outside of our comfort wall that we so drastically hide behind. I think we call it change.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.C.S. Lewis
When you let those walls come down and you let in something that you are not accustomed to I promise you will be taught and will experience things that will forever stay with you. Ryan is wrestling with something that he knows will put him outside of his comfort zone, but in the long run it will make him overcome some incredible things. God did not call us to be comfortable in our own lives, if anything, he is trying to speak loud into our lives to do the exact opposite. There is no room to grow when we are comfortable and satisfied. This world needs us to be uncomfortable and to do things that will change hearts, souls and lives.
Love. Be loved. Know love.