Are You Too Comfortable?
A missionary recently wrote regarding the situation he faced while visiting a foreign country in a cold climate. His fresh water came from the nearby mountains through a hose and into cans. He showered using a quart container to dip the cold water and pour onto his body. He ate the same kind of food for breakfast, lunch, and supper. He slept under only one blanket and had no sheets. The toilet was a simple hole in the floor. Yet, this missionary said he was content in that situation. Some would never go to a place where they could not be comfortable.
Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do? For example:
- Why do men like to wear the same jeans again and again, even after they are old, full of holes, and worn out?
- Why do Deaf and hearing people tend to separate into different groups?
- Why do new interpreters become very nervous in front of friendly people?
- Why do Deaf people change from ASL to some form of English sign language when hearing people are present? When the hearing leave, they sign ASL again.
- Why do hearing people using sign language to talk with Deaf people drop their signing and only use their voice when hearing people come into the conversation?
- Why are hearing signers awkward at trying to sign and use their voice at the same time?
- Why do Deaf people tend to prefer to talk with other Deaf people and ignore the hearing?
- Why do hearing people tend not to try to communicate with Deaf people?
The answers may be in the word “comfortable.” Some good things are not comfortable. It is not comfortable to do things that are not familiar. Some people welcome change. But it seems most people prefer to live in ways they can be comfortable and not change. Desiring comfort is natural. We all prefer to follow our habits and be comfortable. But comfort can limit progress in life, family, work, and ministry. Many good things can happen when you use good uncomfortable things to help you learn, grow, and change. Examples:
- School – Math, English, or Science classes may be hard. A report in front of class may be scary. But, what you learn in school will help you greatly later in life. You can become comfortable using your knowledge to influence others for good.
- New Friends – All friends were at one time strangers. Strangers only become friends as you are willing to meet them and share time and experiences together. Deaf and hearing people can become comfortable as friends.
- Sign Language – Every great signer started with no signing knowledge. No one was born with any language, but he learned as he grew. Skilled signers and interpreters are simply bad signers who continued to learn and improve over many years. You can become comfortable using language and culture that are not your own.
- Abilities & Interests – As you try new things, you discover new abilities and interests. You may have hidden talents that can be used greatly. Examples: typing, teaching, artwork, technology, hospitality. You can become comfortable and use new abilities for God.
- Good News – Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your friends can be frightening at first. With practice, you can become comfortable telling others what you know.
In each of these areas, a person must become uncomfortable in order to improve. As lessons are learned and skills improved, you become comfortable with what used to be uncomfortable. As you grow and improve, you move up to a new level in your life.
“Our Lord Jesus Christ … comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Do not let comfortable old habits control your life. Decide to become comfortable with good new things that can have lasting benefits!
…Think on these things.