Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't completely comfortable with the thought of hosting an orphan in our home for a month.

And if I'm continuing in honesty, I'm still not completely comfortable.

 Hosting asks a lot of us. It asks us to trust in God's tug on our hearts and in his leading. It asks us to set aside our fears. It asks us to rely heavily on God for all kinds of provision -- financial, emotional, spiritual and physical.

 Essentially hosting asks us to love someone else, someone we don't know and who might not be able to love us in return in the way we desire, more than we love ourselves. And all of that? Well, all of that's uncomfortable.

 Hosting aside for a moment, let's get comfortable with the idea that the deep kind of love Jesus lavishes and asks us to lavish on others rarely makes us comfortable.

"You love as well as you are willing to be inconvenienced." Ann Voskamp 

Think about it. Jesus' love for us, the kind of love that went to death and back, the kind of healing and sustaining and life-giving love he offers, was not easy coming for him. It required great inconvenience, great humility and great discomfort. BUT ... Finish reading ...

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