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Monday, January 21, 2008

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Everything has a price. Yeah, I know the song says the "best things in life are free"--on some levels that's true. But the best things in life cost you something as well. Typically, one price that must be paid for just about everything worth having is time. In fact, we are "paying" time every moment of our lives. More properly put, it's an investment we are making.

But there is another consistent "cost" for the things in life that are really worth having--comfort. Think about it. Love and relationships require that you step out of your comfort zone, move beyond the familiar to the unknown and expose yourself. Happiness requires the same. There are many different ways that our comfort keeps us from experiencing the important things of life--not the least of which is God's purpose for our lives.

Rick Warren said it well in his bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life, when he said that God is not interested in our comfort, he is interested in our character. Wow. I don't know about you but it made me fidget to think about that. How many times have I whined about God's "provision" for me when, in reality, I was asking God to make me comfortable?

God's reply? "I never promised you a rose garden..." (okay, it was actually Lynn Anderson who sang that but I think she stole the idea from God). The truth is, God never promised an easy life. What He promised was the strength and provision to make it pay the price for the things we really needed.

So...if you're looking for "easy believism" try something beyond Christianity. It's no place for your comfort. There is a price to be paid for being a Christ follower. Jesus said so himself (Matthew 24:9) The question is, "Are you willing to pay it?"

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