I guess that’s most of life, isn’t it? Lots of challenge, lots of joy. They are inseparable, those two, different sides of the same coin.
The days I was stumped for a writing idea were challenging. I had to pray more, look around, read, type and delete, type and delete. It was work. But then, when something spilled out that made any semblance of coherency, joy ensued. The challenge was worth the effort as it forced me to face my shortcomings and fears.
Pursuing Comfort Detox as a lifestyle is like that. It forces me to face my shortcomings and fears rather than silence them with another cookie or another scoop of Nutella. (Well, mostly. Sometimes cookies and Nutella win.) Because of God’s great love for me, I can face what scares me. Things like a blank page and social awkwardness and ignorance and deadlines and failure.
If I listen to Comfort, it tells me to flee these things that scare me; the challenge is too much. But Comfort conveniently forgets to mention that running from the challenge is equal to running from the joy. That’s why we need to step away from Comfort’s voice: We need a better perspective. Like this one, from Hebrews 12:1–2:
“Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
What challenges tempt you to flee from reality? How do you fix your eyes on Jesus in the midst of a challenge?