Good morning! Happy Tuesday to you all! I pray that each and every father had a blessed and Happy Father’s Day this past weekend. Fathers you have a great responsibility to lead by example. Your children are always watching you, even when you think they aren’t, they are. Take your role seriously and pour into your sons and daughters. I send blessings to all of the GOOD fathers!
TFTD: Comfort can be Crippling
Proverbs 6:6-11 (NIV)
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)
4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
I started a different blog yesterday and then God silenced the thought. Sometimes God will delay a message in order to speak to the messenger. I pray this word blesses someone because it blessed me.
While getting ready for work this morning, a sweet voice whispered “Comfort can be crippling.” I let out an audible “OUCH LORD!” Immediately the words penetrated my soul and I began thinking of examples in my life where I allowed comfort to keep me crippled. The word cripple means to disable, damage or impair the functioning of. When you become too comfortable in a certain situation you can disable, damage, or impair the functioning of your calling! WOW!!!
On the surface, one may say, “Well I do want to have a comfortable life.” But I would step out to say, what price are you willing to pay for your comfort? We can become so comfortable in a toxic relationship that we disable our self-esteem and love towards others. We can become so comfortable in ministry that we damage our potential to seek a deeper relationship with Christ. We can become so comfortable in our careers that we impair the functioning of our untapped potential. Sometimes being comfortable can be crippling!
How many times have you settled because you were comfortable? Some people use comfort to keep them bound and in fear. You are so comfortable that you are terrified at changing. You dread stepping outside of the box because you like doing the minimum. You like doing just enough to get by. But when you do this you are crippling yourself. You are limiting yourself. You are depriving yourself.
It’s time to step outside of your comfort zone. God wants more of you and He can’t get you to the next level if you refuse to step out of your comfort zone. Being too comfortable can make you lazy and scripture tells us that the “sluggard craves and gets nothing…” There will be times when you will desire so much in life, but if you don’t put in the necessary work you will get nothing and live a frustrating empty life.
Comfort can be crippling! Are you ready to get uncomfortable for a season in order to experience the fullness of God? He has more in store for you! Get busy!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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