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Seeking Uncomfortable

I’m so sick of being comfortable.

Living in air conditioning and driving places in a car and building up treasure on earth and never pushing myself beyond comfortable. I’ve had enough.

(God’s been messing with me lately.)

I started reading a book called Radical: Taking back your faith from the American Dream and it’s going to completely screw up my life. My suburban, self-absorbed, tiny, comfortable life. At least, I hope it will.

Then yesterday, I went to a Bible study about pursuing your passion. That passion that lives deep in your gut and sometimes surfaces with a little twinge, a tickle, but usually gets buried deeper and deeper under layers of doubt and uncertainty and fear. The passion that gives you purpose, that is the reason why you were put here.

Problem is, I don’t know what my passion is, what my purpose is. Every year “finding my passion” tops my New Years resolution list, so I begin by… doing exactly nothing to find it.

But what I’m learning is that whatever that passion is? It’s also my purpose for living. It’s straight from God. And I can feel it all the way in my soul that I’m here for something. Something BIG, that impacts eternity.

I’ve blogged before about how I don’t understand God’s nonstop blessings in my life. It’s this rushing river that never ceases. I don’t deserve it. I didn’t earn it. I can never repay it. But it just keeps gushing. In the book, the author talks about why God blesses us.

It’s for His glory. He gives us what we have so we can make His name great. Of course! (This is so simple that I feel like an idiot that it was this giant revelation to me.) He has given me much, so he requires much of me.

But what do I give back? What do I return to lift him up, make him famous?

“When I wake up in heaven and look behind me, I want to know that I’ve brought someone with me.”

That’s what the speaker said yesterday, and it resonated, deeply. Every day I wake up and brush my teeth and run errands and check the mail, but I offer no return on what I’ve been given. Every day another wasted opportunity spent building my little kingdom on my little street in my little town and my little life.

Enough of this. Enough of me and mine. Enough of wasted time and tiny goals and doing what seems possible.

I want to be radical.

Want to join me? (I don’t recommend this book at all. It will completely suck your entire life into a big black hole and leave you wanting something bigger. Unless you’re ready for that?)

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  1. I think we're waiting in the same line. 😉 Between the Compassion bloggers making me question if I'm really frugal enough, and giving enough, and writing my impoverished children enough…to reading "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper, making me discontent with living in my own little (Christian, comfortable, cushy) bubble…I sense God is about to ruin me too. Sometimes I wonder if that's what Isaiah meant when he saw the Lord and said "Woe is me, for I am ruined!" He saw his sin…I wonder if he also so the way that his goals paled in comparison to God's desires.
    I've heard this book recommended before – I think it's time to find it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I'm so there!! I've was ruined a long time ago but my problem is trying to find the balance between enjoying the life God has blessed me with but also focusing on the big picture. I'm so getting that book. Bring it on! I'm surrounded by people chasing the dream and I don't want to get sucked in. And all that passion and purpose stuff…right there with ya on that too! I want more!

  3. Erin @ My Rented House says:

    I'm with ya–it is SO very easy to enjoy life's blessings too much and forget who gave them to us. I love decorating and crafting and looking at house stuff, but my current goal is to get better at enjoying these temporal things without glorifying or praising them (which I think might be the fastest way to a completely distant relationship with the only one who should be glorified!!).

    It's not easy, but I'm working on it. 🙂

  4. The Farm-Marm says:

    I love the comment about who followed you to Heaven..the greatest work we will ever do on this Earth is in our own homes. Be a missionary of Christ unto your own family first, then seek to help others!

  5. raddesigning says:

    Truth. Its so hard as an artist and a believer… i love fashion, style, design… but where is the line? How can you have a healthy balance of your passions (art, design, style) and still use your $, time, talent for the Lord? Its definitely good to keep yourself in check!

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