Loving Comfort

I was talking to a friend the other day about this idea of comfort. We both agreed that as a human race we most often seek out comfort above all other things.

I told him, I don’t care if I’m wealthy or I have a bunch of stuff or even if I’m successful, I just want to be comfortable in this life. Think about it, when talking world problems we almost always try to solve them by making the sufferers of such problems more confortable.

That plays itself out in our marriage too. Instead of confronting that extra $44 we shouldn’t have spent on the entertainment section of our budget for April, we let it slide. We plan vacations to cushy islands, not mission trips to war-strewn third world countries. We gravitate towards what’s easy, the path of least resistance.

Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with nice vacations or going to the movies at $22 a pop (actually there is something wrong with that, but it has nothing to do with me or you).

What I’m saying is that, when given the choice, Jesus sought out trial over free pass and pain over painless. Those things didn’t just come to him as if magically produced by life, He went after them. He saw the eternal gain in subjecting Himself to temporary physical and emotional decimation to become more like His father.

And we can barely fast for a day to catch a glimpse of this.

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

3 thoughts on “Loving Comfort”

  1. The church I attend talks about comfort a lot. They always revisit the fact that comfort in this life is not the most important thing. Is it important to take breaks and go on vacations? Yes. Even Jesus took time to himself when He needed it. BUT comfort is not meant to be sought after all the time.

    I struggle with this. As a cultural (both in general and then our specific generation), we want comfort. Yes, we want to make a change and impact lives, but we tend to want to do it from the comfort of our own homes or within the comfort of our own dreams. I know that’s how it is for me. I also want to be appreciated for what I am doing and receive some benefit in this life. What I am realizing (though it is hard) is that this life is not what I need to focus on because it could end any day.

    Thanks for provoking my thoughts so early in the morning.

  2. Kyle, I agree with you that it isn’t easy for us to commit ourselves to difficult work, either for God or for others. However, I don’t think it’s true that Jesus always sought out trial and pain. As my dear wife Joan has pointed out to me, Jesus never seemed more human than he did in the Garden of Gethsemane. But in the end he did what he came here to do.

    @Adam: Jesus is indeed the quintessential man.

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