Right now, I am in the process of leaving the familiar, something I have been involved in for several years, to go into uncharted territory and a part of me is freaking out. There is a part of me that wants to leave the familiar environment to an unfamiliar environment. There is another part of me that wants to stay where I’m familiar with, where I understand the rules of the game and I know from experience that I am capable of handling any challenge that comes.
I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday and she said, for us to experience progress in our lives, the desire for change must be stronger than the fear of failure. I agree. I know that my desire to leave familiar territory must be stronger than the temptation to stay, otherwise I will remain forever in the familiar, in the already explored, with little excitement or new discoveries about myself and the world at large.
But why go in search of new territory? Why leave an environment of safety for one of apparent danger and risks? Jesus Christ said, “Whosoever will seek to preserve his life will lose it but whosoever will lose his life for my sake will preserve it.” Until I am prepared to lose my life in the pursuit of my life’s purpose, I will never truly live, I will simply exist. I am convinced that true life is in the unknown, the unfamiliar. I will never truly discover my potential or fulfill my reason for existing if I stay where I have always been and do what I have always done.
For me, getting up from my comfort zone like Abraham did, to go into the unknown requires a deep seated conviction that the One who created me and called me to go fulfill the purpose he created me to fulfill, is all Powerful and all Love.
Because I am his creature, I am more potent than I am presently aware of. Because he is my God and cares intensely for me, he will strengthen me and protect me from the dangers ahead. However, I must be prepared to lose my life for the sake of the purpose I was created to fulfill, to surrender my life to Love who is also the Omnipotent, the Omniscient and the Omnipresent.
It is counterintuitive to think that “life more abundantly” is possible only when I am prepared to lose my life, to fail, to face risks not just for the fun of it but in the pursuit of significance and making a difference. My fulfillment is not in safety and comfort but in following my Shepherd, who for the joy set before him endured the cross and despised the shame. Following him may take me away from comfort through the valley of the shadow of death, so that his rod and his staff may comfort me.
I received an email yesterday that had this quote at the end, “The meaning of our lives emerges in the surrender of ourselves to an adventure of becoming what we are not yet.” I am ready.
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