Between The Comfort And The Calling

Hello readers! I am typing this post from my brand new iPad mini! I am freaking out because the Journey Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida, sent me this iPad as a graduation gift. I’m so blessed by the fact that there is a body of believers, that live 6 hours away from me, but still care and believe in me enough to send me such an awesome gift. I thought I would share that with y’all, because God used the Journey Church to give me a gift that would encourage me, and now I am using that gift to encourage you guys! It’s crazy how God works.

Okay, now let’s get on to the actual post. I am not usually one to share much about my personal life on my blog. I figure if you wanted to know what I was doing you would follow me on Instagram. However, I am just in a very interesting season of life right now, and God has been teaching me so much that I want to share some of it with you. I think God is big enough to use my experiences to teach you something, even if you are not experiencing the same things as I am.

Alright, so I just graduated high school, and it’s completely different than I thought it would be. I am not gonna lie, I’m not as brave as I thought. I was talking big when I was a freshman and sophomore. I used to think I would show no fear and I would just hop on a plane to a third world country and be fine. Now, it makes me sick to my stomach to think of leaving everything and everyone I know (especially my family). Everyone told me that it was gonna be hard for me to leave, but I never really believed them, until now.

I am still moving away though. I’m going to school to get a psychology degree and then, after that, I think I am going to be a missionary. Since I was young, I have felt God calling me into ministry. I believe I have a calling, though God has not given me all the details of it. You have a calling, too. God says that you were “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, that He prepared in advance for you to do.” (Ephesians 2:10). You have a job to do. God has a specific plan and calling just for you, and His plan for you does not change, even if you cannot see or understand it right now.

This brings me to my first point. There are challenges that come with your calling. Take me, for example. God has clearly opened up the door for me to go to school (which is a crazy story in and of itself), and because He has opened the door in a way that only He could, I know I am suppose to go to school for now. It is going to prepare me for whatever it is God has for me. This is a steeping stone to my calling.

In spite of this, I am still having a hard time letting go of all the things I have here at home. I feel loved and safe here. It would be easier for me to just stay home. It would be more predictable and comfortable, if I just stayed here. I am currently stuck between the comfort and the calling.

I don’t think it would be crazy for me to think that there are others stuck in this spot, too. Not specifically moving out like me, but in other ways, they experience this feeling. I think there are others who have things they know they should do, but because those things are challenging, they are hesitant to do them.

The sad thing is, however, that there is not a more wonderful feeling than when you know you are walking in line with your calling. I have experienced this first hand. For me, whether I am hosting a 24 hour live web show to raise money for girls in Ukraine, or I am simply handing out sandwiches to homeless people, I feel the most amazing sense of joy and peace. That is a part of my calling, and when I am doing it, I can’t even explain the satisfaction I feel. So, though there are challenges that come with your calling, the pay off in the end is more than worth it.

Nonetheless, being stuck between the comfort and the calling is not a fun place to be. However, as I continue to press on towards my calling (no matter what challenges arise), will you press on towards yours, as well?ย Imagine a body of believes, who were not satisfied with the comfort of complacency, but everyone was pressing towards their calling with a bold determination. I pray that the Holy Spirit would pour Himself out on us, so that we may be able to do that.

Imagine the look on the devil’s face when he sees people stepping out of their comfort zones and into their callings. He’d be shaking with fear, because comfort is one of his biggest weapons. C. S. Lewis says, in His book “The Screwtape Letters”, that โ€œthe safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signpostsโ€. Satan wants you comfortable, indifferent, and complacent. Our biggest accomplishments lie just outside our comfort zones.

So, I have a long road ahead of me, and I feel like it is going to get worse before it gets better, but I know that God will be with me through it all, and He will be with you through all of your challenges, too. You can stay complacent, or you can pursue your calling and step foot on the most amazing adventure you could ever ask for. I read somewhere that “a ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.” I cannot promise you that it will be comfortable or safe, but if you do what God asks you to do, you will truly be doing what you were made to do.

Alright friends, you know the drill, if you have any questions, comments, topics, prayer request, etc. then shoot me an email at christy@tonynolan.org or just leave a comment below. Thank you for reading and stay tuned, if you want to, because I plan on writing some more over the summer.

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