Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. –Isaiah 54:2 NIV
Our bodies weren’t made for comfort. They crave it but comfort is the exception rather than the rule. When you step away from comfort and into discomfort, good things—big things start to happen. The old Christian proverb, “where there’s stretching, there’s blessing,” is certainly true. But how does a Christian stretch? How do they step into discomfort?
Try Something New. When was the last time you tried something new? Listened to a new style of music? Tried a new food? Spent time with someone you don’t usually talk to? As life gets increasingly busy with kids and career, it’s easy to fall into the same routines.
Share your story. You’re an inspiration. You’ve gone through things that others are now going through. You have words that they need to hear today. Share with somebody. Take them out to lunch. Put your to-do list away and really talk to somebody.
Serve in a New Ministry. Serve at a homeless outreach or try a small group. If you’re comfortable in ministry—if it feels a little bit ordinary, God is probably calling you to go deeper.
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Allow God to stretch and mold you as He puts plans He has for you into action.
- Thank God that He doesn’t want you to stagnate, but encourages you to step into places that will stretch you.
- Ask Him to give you the courage to follow His lead into new relationships or activities.