“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in Spirit and of one mind. (Phillipians 2:1-2 NIV)
Last week we talked about being true to yourself and knowing your identity in Christ; this week we’re kinda doing a 180 and telling you to get uncomfortable. We know what you’re thinking: What? No, I like feeling comfortable, going to the same places, hanging out with the same people, sleeping in a comfy bed every night…
And that is totally fine, but sometimes comfort can turn into complacency and complacency can turn into cynicism and pride. Cynicism and pride are two ugly traits to have because it keeps you away from having a heart of compassion and understanding. It forces you to have blinders on instead of noticing a need or a hurt. We get so caught up in this routine that we call life and think that’s what we’re supposed to do – graduate college, start an entry level job, get married, have a house and kids and work work work until maybe one day we can retire and enjoy life. It seems that the older we get, the more we seem to keep our heads low and just do what feels comfortable. But, that’s not how a christians life is supposed to be. God called us to have an adventurous spirit filled with love, compassion, joy and a heart for ALL people and not just the people we like or sorta like.
And we know how hard it is to step out and start loving on people that are strangers, people with different backgrounds and mentalities, but that’s where God wants us to go. At first it might seem awkward, weird and plain ‘ol crazy, but something sort of magical happens when you put yourself out there, vulnerable and without any preconceived notions. What’s crazy about it all is realizing that you could have missed out on some of the best opportunities and/or best friends if you hadn’t gotten out of your comfort zone.
A real example for us has been our blog. We know that Daily Coffee Run can be something truly special, yet sometimes we psych ourselves out of talking to the owner or getting to know the perfect stranger sitting next to us all because we’re scared. We’re scared of getting out of our comfort zone and would rather just stay on the safe side. Are you the same way, too? Yet, the Word reminds us to “…consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)
In essence, we need to gather together and lift each other up, regardless of our differences. We recently had the privilege of having dinner with our pastor and he shared his vision for our church and the reason behind a gathering that we have free to the community every week. People from all around the county and from even farther come every week for fellowship, food and fun and we expect nothing in return. We’re not going to beg people to join our church or preach about sinners, instead we’re just going to love everybody.
At first, in a world where free doesn’t seem to exist without a catch, the community kept on waiting for the other shoe to drop. Yet, two years later we’re still welcoming the community and letting them know that we’re meeting them right where they are, without any expectations other than to get to know them and make them feel loved and comfortable to come back every single week. The funny thing is when our church first launched the weekly gathering, people didn’t even realize it was an actual church behind it all. As our pastor says it, “People would come up to us and go, ‘Are you guys, like a church or something?’ And that’s not to say we don’t act like a church, but we just don’t act like how people think “religion” or “church” is supposed to be. We know it sounds a little daunting, but the first step is to get out of your comfort zone and remove any prejudices is to just do it.
So, on that note, we encourage all of you to go out of your way this week and get uncomfortable. Take the time to get to know the quiet girl that sits next to you in class, buy a homeless man a warm meal and just sit and chat with him over lunch, invite a friend to church, and for us, let go of the fear of getting rejected and get to know the barista that knows your coffee order by heart.
Questions over coffee:
What are you struggling to have a heart of compassion for?
How do you think you can go out of your comfort zone this week?
Again, we hope you guys are enjoying these weekly thoughts from us and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think! You know where to find us, but if not, email us or DM us on Instagram! Hope to hear your thoughts and stay caffeinated!