Are you comfortable?
It’s been said there will never be a revolution in America, because we’re all too comfortable. How are comfortable are you? Sure you may want more money in your bank account, or to have or do, this or that. But are you too comfortable to change? Or maybe to scared? So who are you? Not who you think you are, or how you feel about you (we all know that changes from time to time), but who are you? What are your defining characteristics? It’s not our thoughts or feelings that make us, so what is it? How would your family, friends, enemies, and co-workers define you?
I’ve started listening to a book, “A Million Miles, in a Thousand Years,” by Donald Miller. A friend suggested it to me, I went into the book blindly, no preview. So you can imagine my surprise, smile & conviction, when I find that it’s about life, God, movies, writing & story.
What do you do? That’s where we (all others) get our definition of you. We’re not privy to your private thoughts and emotions, and even if you were to share those, I doubt that we would fully understand the gravity of them.
The conviction I felt, was in the ‘do.’ Not want or think, but actually ‘do.’ I find that life takes a lot of energy, more than the daily eating, cleaning, traveling to and from a full time job, spending quality time with loved ones and friends, and then . . . perhaps there’s time for the revolution in you, your dream, etc.
The book, so far, talks about making a memoir into a movie, and all of the cutting down, stripping away of details that has to be done to make a good story. Donald Miller, continually asks me, the audience, what kind of story am I writing?
Now, movie characters have it a bit more simpler. Lets take Will Smith as Chris Gardner, in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Something happens that causes Gardner to make a change. He and his son are evicted from their apartment, which sparks a fire in him to make sure his internship turns into employment. The wonderful thing about this story, it’s based on a real person, who won started and won a revolution.
We don’t always have incidents, that push us into a corner, forcing us to dig deep to change, to lose weight, to write that book, etc. Most are semi-comfortable dreaming and wishing, and not noticing that the tomorrow, is now today.
Life takes a lot of energy, to live excitingly. It’s risking comfort for that hope, that dream, that belief. And is it worth it? Only a few know, most will continue being semi-comfortable. My hope is that you will do that something, and perhaps we will know more of who you are.
“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance-all who seek the Lord! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” – Isaiah 51:1
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” – Luke 14:28
“For I can do everything through Christ, Who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10