I, like a lot of folks, enjoy life the most when everything is going good. Job’s going ok, paying the bills on time, family’s all getting along, everybody’s healthy and happy! No surprises. No drama. No stress. Sign me up for routine and predictable every time!
After years of chaos and turmoil, I thought the whole point to this game of life was to find that blissful utopian state known as the Comfort Zone, set the cruise control, let Jesus take the wheel, and just sit back and enjoy the ride! From time to time, I’ve hit that sweet spot and thought, “Finally! Now I can relax!” I think we all know what happens next!
I’ve always heard people talk about being “stuck in a rut” as a bad thing, but, in a way, that’s exactly what I longed for. The great thing about being in a rut is that it makes it really easy to maintain your course of direction. The tragic downside to being in a rut is that it makes it really easy to maintain your course of direction!
I think the real culprit here is that word “easy”. Isn’t that what most of us are after? Our definition of a problem or crisis is anything that disrupts our ease and comfort. As a result, we tend to view changes in our normal routine with disdain and contempt. We refer to those seasons of life as hard times. However, when I use my awesome 20/20 hindsight, it’s very clear that the biggest problems, the greatest tragedies, the hardest and worst times of my life, were the necessary bumps in the road that jarred my out of my comfortable rut!
I’m experiencing some changes right now in my life. I’ve recently lost a great friend. My job situation has changed, and its not yet clear how it will affect my income and schedule. We’ve also starting remodeling our kitchen, and I’m the kind of guy that goes nuts if my wife rearranges the pictures on the wall! Am I uncomfortable? Yes. Sad? Absolutely. A little anxious? You bet! But here’s the strange thing: I’m not afraid. In fact, I find that I’m curiously excited! I can’t help but wonder what’s next!
Its all a matter of perspective. How we choose to see our situation. I’m convinced if you’re looking for problems, you’ll find them. But if you’re looking for solutions and opportunities, you are certain to find them as well!
So, how are things going right now? Is everything running smoothly? Is life treating you pretty good? And if so, is that really a good thing? You might just be stuck in a comfortable rut!
However, if you’re struggling and going through hard times right now, let me be the first to congratulate you! There’s no telling what you’re about to learn, or how much you’re about to grow! Who knows new opportunities may be just around the corner!