“Temporarily changing our routine of comfort jars us off high center.”
Jen Hatmaker, 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess1
You know why I’m writing about comfort detox? Because I’m whole-hog addicted. Comfort calls, I jump.
Is it cold outside? Comfort tells me to stay indoors.
Are there soft chocolate chip cookies to be eaten? Comfort equates cookies with taste bud delight—eat ’em up!
Is there a difficult relationship in my world? Comfort tells me to avoid it.
Is there a need I can meet? Comfort soothes me to inaction, telling me that someone else will do it and I need to conserve for my own needs.
This, my friends, is what Jen Hatmaker calls a “routine of comfort.” Comfort is not all bad. It’s the routine of it—the regularity with which I yield to it—that is the problem. When we disrupt the routine, we put comfort in its proper place.
Saying no to comfort’s call is the key. The Bible refers to this practice as fasting. It’s a purposeful restriction of one thing in order to gain something more precious.
Jesus assumed that His followers would fast with some regularity. I am ashamed to say that I have fasted a mere handful of times since coming to know Jesus. But I remember them. Fasting from various excesses to have more of Jesus in my life has been worth it.
During this comfort detox, I’m doing a series of fasts. Perhaps you might join me? Ask God to show you an area of life that comfort has control over you, then create disruption for a day, a week, or the rest of the month.
Do you have a routine of comfort? Have you ever enacted a fast to say no to comfort and yes to God? I’d love to hear all about it.
1. Jen Hatmaker, 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2012), 4.