Friday, July 14, 2017

Comfort-Zone

Today, I am joining a mob of writers who are attempting to write for 5 minutes on the topic, "comfort." I'm always interested to see the different paths our minds go on the same subject!  

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I always like to deal with a word prompt by first looking up the definition. Sometimes there are nuances to a word that one doesn't consider at first.

Merriam Webster says "comfort" means:

transitive verb

1: to give strength and hope to : cheer comforted by the knowledge that the program will be fully funded

2: to ease the grief or trouble of : console The mother comforted her crying child. The bereaved families of the victims were comforted by friends.
Oxford describes it differently:

noun

1. A state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.
‘there is room for four people to travel in comfort’

2. The easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress.
‘a few words of comfort’


So many ways to go with this one word! I choose to go with my immediate reaction to the word comfort which deals with it as a noun - "a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint." Here's my 5 minute offering:

GO:
I'm all about comfort. As I so often write about Home, both as a destination for my Journey, and as a pit-stop along the way, I can't help but focus on both creature-comforts here below and a life with no pain or distractions above.
However, it's been said (by whom I've yet to discover) that "God cares more about our character then our comfort."
It's a given that sometime or other we will be called out of our comfort-zone to do spiritual battle in the heavenlies. Time on our knees can be taxing. Perhaps it will be telling someone unlikely the gospel message. Perhaps it will be loving the unlovable, or going that extra mile. (Many times it will be going that extra mile!)
Or, perhaps it is being stretched to do do something that you would never in a million years attempt on your own but you feel the Holy Spirit pulling you to say yes.
Maybe you've been called to teach a class, write a book, lead a prayer group or, horror of horrors, lead a song service!
Or maybe, it is to be that shoulder to cry on for a co-worker that gets on your last nerve ...
Be obedient to step out of your comfort zone. The result will always make you look more like Jesus.
STOP
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3 comments:

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing. I like that you looked up the word prompt in the dictionary. I am going to write and share later today but may use the verb form of "comfort."

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

My mind went to "comfort zone" as well, but I love the two very different definitions. So much food for thought...

Bonnie Fair said...

You are so right! God "cares more about our character than our comfort!" This is such a powerful statement! Love!