From the Pastor

Never Again Will I Choose Comfort Over Growth

New Year’s resolutions are about change, but even more about growth. No one makes a resolution to be less healthy, or get further in debt, or be a worse parent, spouse or employee. That would be ridiculous; we can do those things without resolutions, without even trying. Resolutions are about change and growth.

But let’s be honest, change and growth are hard; the easy thing is to continue doing things the way we always have. But if we do that there will be no change and certainly no growth. I am always amazed at people who will not learn anything new, because it is hard. I once knew a CPA of a large utility company who had his secretary print out every email her received so he could write a response on the page and have her send it. Really?

Growth always begins with discomfort, doing hard things. I have always admired the guitar skills of a man who played lead guitar in a church I served years ago. He made it look easy. I asked him how he learned to play as he did. He said, “Scales, I sat in my room and learned to play my scales for hours at a time.”

It is that way with anything, to be proficient you have to put in the time to learn and grow. The apostle Paul put it like this:

Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.
(1 Corinthians 9:24–27)

Paul reminds us that if we aim to be faithful to God in our lives, it will require effort on our part. We will not drift into faithfulness. Faithfulness doesn’t happen by just attending church services, we have to strive. We cannot fall into spiritual maturity, it has to be a destination we purposely journey towards.

For many of us, it is not just one thing, we tend to opt for comfort and ease as a life pattern. We need to repent of is the “pattern” of avoiding the discomfort that keeps us from what we want and what God expects of us.

So, this January let make a resolution to never again choose comfort over growth.

Dr. Alan Cassady