Now, when we start to fulfill our mission of mercy, life will likely become uncomfortable. This is good! If we truly want to serve others at full capacity, we need to be okay with discomfort and change.
God loves to take us out of our comfort zones, because that’s where real growth and change can take root. Like the Grinch whose heart grew three sizes, as we begin to serve, God will continually increase our capacity to love others.
When we carry out our true mission in life, we will only grow closer to the person He intends for us to become. We should remember that God’s full plan for our lives always involves some form of renouncing the world in pursuit of His mission.
So, if we want our stories to become more interesting, if we want God to use us as fully as possible to do His work, we must discover how God is asking us to renounce the world in pursuit of Heaven.
All the best stories shift and become captivating when the lead character renounces his world for another.
Ariel leaves her world in The Little Mermaid to become part of another.
Belle leaves provincial life in Beauty and the Beast and stumbles upon something more enchanted.
Lucy leaves a dreary old house in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and enters the world of Narnia.
The lovely Saint Clare of Assisi departs from royalty to pursue a life of poverty.
Moses flees from Egypt, freeing God’s people in pursuit of the promised land.
Saint Joan of Arc leaves her life spinning wool at her mother’s side as a young girl to lead the French army to victory over Britain.
Saint Benedict leaves the corruption of Rome to pursue life as a hermit.
Jesus departs from his home in Nazareth to face temptation in the desert before beginning the adventures of his public ministry.
There are so many people out there who need to know they are loved! This is no time to sit in suburban bubbles and Lexus cages.
“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you” (Luke 14:13-14).
So, how might God be asking you to renounce the world in pursuit of your mission? How might He be asking you to step out of your comfort zone this week?
For one girl last week, it involved praying in public in downtown NYC. And her story from that day was certainly interesting! We can’t let fear and discomfort keep us from showing up when and where we are needed. Even if it means we might be attacked by a bird… seriously… read her story here!
Tomorrow, I’ll share why I’ve had such an issue with the buzz word “privilege.” And find out the one privilege that’s available to everyone on the planet!
Until then, let’s go and live mercifully!
– Kaitlyn Clare Mason