Recently, I read a quote by a fantastic author named Jennie Allen. She that said we should thank God for both the seemingly good things and the seemingly bad things in life, because sometimes you don’t really know the difference until you get to heaven.
In my life, I’ve had many experiences where something I felt was horrible in the moment turned out to be something that provided healing. There have been times where things have been so bad I’ve wanted to quit and then breakthrough was coming just around the corner. In contrast, there have been many times when I’ve pursued something—or almost pursed something—that wasn’t a bad thing, but wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing.
A few years ago, I was planning on going to college like most other bright-eyed 18-year-olds in America. Going to college is not at all a bad thing. In fact, it’s a great thing that a lot of people benefit from and should do. But for me, it would have be a convenient path that I knew in my heart God didn’t want me to take. Around that same time, I applied for a job across the country at a church I loved and admired but never thought I was qualified to be a part of in a staff role. But a few months later, I packed up everything and moved to Oklahoma from Ohio; over a day’s worth of driving from my hometown.
Why did I do this? Because my calling was more important than my convenience. That decision has and will continue to change the trajectory of my life for the better, but at the time it was not the easiest, safest, and certainly not the most convenient option.
But enough about me.
What is that God is calling you to do that doesn’t make sense but you know in your heart is the right thing? Is it a story similar to mine, taking a risk and moving somewhere or changing careers? Is it adopting or fostering a child when you’ve always only wanted biological children? Is it giving up your dream of starting a business to pursue ministry elsewhere? I can’t answer that for you, but I believe you already know the answer.
Here’s the point: sometimes we avoid really hard and difficult things in life because it’s simply not convenient. But I don’t think God works in the easy things, to be honest. I think he grows and stretches us through difficulty and struggle that leads to greater joy on the other side.
God has a unique, amazing, and adventurous calling on your life. Sadly, however, we often settle for mediocre lives out of fear of discomfort. I don’t want to be that way, though. I want to pursue God’s calling over my convenience, and I hope you’ll choose to do the same.