I read an article about how Canadians have stolen the “American Dream”. North America as a whole I believe is a very “comfortable” place to live. I think part of comfortable living comes from fear of change and fear of failing. When you’re comfortable why would you make yourself uncomfortable by embracing change in order to grow and become better? I literally asked myself this question after watching the Lion King recently! The scene where Simba is talking to Mufasa in the clouds after he died made me think. Mufasa says to his son, “Look inside yourself – You are more than what you have become.”
We all get comfortable in our lives. When you’re comfortable you may be succeeding in your job and owning it; people come to you for help because they know you’ll be able to fix the problem and find a solution or even come up with more efficient ideas. Maybe comfortable is you having your house put together all clean and organized, or your kids are healthy, cute and photogenic. Deep down we all strive to be visually comfortable. No, I don’t mean sweat pants + messy hair tied up in a bun with a fresh bowl of popcorn + Netflix (although I’m sure most of us love that form of comfortable too). I mean nice house, trendy clothes, shiny car, model shape body and a well trained dog. All these things to post and complete the perfect Instagram feed.
“Look inside yourself – You are more than what you have become.” -Mufasa.
Mufasa’s words took me by surprise – I’ve watched that movie a bazillion times. Hands down, Lion King is one of my top 5 favourite Disney’s! But it made my think about how God might view our lives sometimes. Is there more that we could become, but we are settling for less because we’re comfortable and striving for a flawless image according to the world’s standards.
We become uncomfortable by obeying God’s Word and following where He may lead us. If God opens a door in your life, you need to walk through it! Maybe that open door is a job promotion, an opportunity for school or new job, a neighbour or coworker to reach out to, etc. I’m learning that open doors come in many different shapes and sizes!
I want to challenge you make yourself uncomfortable. Ignore what the world classifies as “success” and be willing to take the leap of faith to be and do something greater. “Now [may] the God of peace, Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Hebrews 13:20-21. I think there is more that God has planned for us than what we have planned for ourselves. Although we may not be able to see it, we are more than what we have become 😉
– Stay Satisfied