Why you need to choose calling over comfort

The pain of regret is worse than the pain of obedience. – Christine Caine

What if stepping out of your comfort zone meant you would find God's purpose for your life? Would you still step out knowing you would have to leave your family, your friends, the only life you knew?

Four years ago God told me to leave the only life I knew, leave my comfortable job, and move away from family.

That was hard.

Then He led me to a job at an unfamiliar nonprofit that challenged my administrative abilities.

That was hard.

Then He told me to lead a women's Bible study, which I had never done before.

That was hard.

He opened up doors, placed passion upon my heart and led me to start a ministry which brought more vulnerability in my life.

That was hard.

There are physical aches being away from my family as I watch them celebrate another birthday I am missing. There are many lonely nights on the phone with my family wishing I was there to play with my nephews, drop by parents house whenever I want, or simply workout with my sister. There are many tears being wiped away from feeling challenged in my ability and beliefs in my current job and ministry. And there is unwanted confusion for the unknown future.

It is hard.

But you know what would be harder? Living outside of God's plan for my life.

If I stayed in Seattle, I would be comfortable. I would be in a job that doesn't challenge me. I would be living to go home on the weekends. And I most likely would not be involved in a church, much less leading a Bible study and pursuing ministry.

Moving away, starting ministry and a business, working at a nonprofit, it is hard, but I know I am in the lane God wants me. I have purpose. I have passion. I have vision. I have dreams. God continues to stretch me into the potential that I don't always see in myself.

I have discovered over the past four years, that I am able to continually be uncomfortable and away from my family, because I choose my calling over my comfort.

The purpose God placed on my life compels me to keep moving forward down in Arizona even when my heart aches sometimes for the comfort and ease of my family.

We all have a specific calling and purpose on our life we are meant to fulfill, but we have to choose daily to walk forward into our purpose and daily choose our calling over comfort.

Choosing our calling is not always easy. It is not always comfortable. It is not perfect. It can be messy. It can be scary. But when we can truly love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength then we will know where we came from and where we are going.

When we have a real relationship with the creator of the universe and can acknowledge that we cannot do life on our own, that will compel us to move forward. To trust Him to lead us into the unknown, even if it is uncomfortable.

Choose calling over comfort

Choose progress over comfort

Choose growth over comfort

Choose Him over comfort

There is a peace that surpasses understanding when you are walking in God's purpose for you. The place you grow and become sharper versions of yourself.

Your calling is the very place God calls you to be, which most times is never comfortable. 

Most days I long to be in the comfort for my family in Washington, playing hide and seek with my nephews, watching the Seahawks game from my parents living room with the comfort of pumpkin spice all around.

Comfort is the very thing we long for, yet comfort also stalls us from becoming all God created us to be. Comfort constrains us. Comfort limits us. Comfort binds us to the ordinary life when we were called to step out into the extraordinary life that is planned for us.

It is hard to leave my family every time I go visit, but it is harder to do life outside of God’s plan for me, because outside of God, nothing makes sense.