Are You Ready to Take the Risk?
Discomfort and reward are not always exclusive. Discomfort sometimes accompanies me when I write. The blank page must be filled, and a prayer that I’ll somehow have something worthy to say is behind every word. But great reward always replaces discomfort once the last period is placed on a page, and a deep satisfaction resonates inside my soul.
This is why I was created.
I sense God’s pleasure and His delight, because as I write I am fulfilling His aim for my life. But I would never know this satisfaction without discomfort.
Why do we insist on reward without discomfort? Why do we believe the God-given purpose for our lives should be easy before we pursue it? Why do we refuse to risk?
I recently spoke with a man who said, “I hate my job, but I just keep hanging on because I realize with every day that passes, I am getting closer to going home [to heaven].”
This man’s statement represents the tragedy of skills and talents wasted, dreams unfulfilled, and desires denied. He has swallowed the lie that living a mundane existence is God’s plan, and that it’s just something he has to accept until he gets to the good stuff in eternity. In the meantime, he’ll grit his teeth, kill his dreams, live a life he wasn’t designed to live—and stay comfortable regardless of the cost.
When we demand that God’s plan for our lives be comfortable, and demand reward and satisfaction without the difficulty of the unknown, we lose more than we can imagine. We lose our very lives, because killing our dreams kills our hearts.
The greatest saints of the Bible didn’t experience reward without discomfort or callings without chaos. Moses was mocked and scorned by those he wanted to rescue; Joseph was abused and ridiculed by his brothers, and every one of the disciples was persecuted for their faith. Even Christ was crucified.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “Ah ha! That’s exactly why I’m not going after my calling! Look at Jesus! He followed God’s will and they killed Him.” Yet, look closer. Jesus endured the pain, the discomfort, and the torture of taking on the sin of the world because He knew there was “joy that was set before Him” (Heb. 12:2). He knew that the punctuation mark on His page of pain would be turned to an exclamation point of joy.
Imagine that you are on your death bed. Your best friend comes in the room and asks you, “What do you wish you would have done with your life?” What would you say? Most people would say they wished they would have lived with a little more abandon. Loved more. Dreamed more. Adventured more. Most of us live life far too carefully. God places dreams in our hearts yet we find every reason under the sun why we can’t pursue and accomplish them. He nudges us to act and we run!
When God is calling you toward something new, know that there will always be a reward on the other side. Will you risk discomfort to experience the joy of knowing that you are in the center of His will? Are you ready to take the risk?