Why I’m Choosing to Get Uncomfortable This Year
Usually every new year, I fill my vision board up with at least 20-25 goals and resolutions for the year. And over the past four years, I’ve seen amazing things happen and dreams realized that were literally lifted verbatim, right off that simple white dry erase board.
This year, however, I wanted to do things a little differently. This year I only listed one goal on my vision board.
“I will seek, pursue, and fall in love with Jesus with radical abandon.”
For some of you who maybe just started reading my blog or aren’t that familiar with my message, this might come as a surprise. For others of you, who have been invested in my journey for years now and know my heart, you know that I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a Christian and that I share my faith often. It has never been my goal or my intention to shove my faith down anyone’s throat, but to simply operate from a place of love and acceptance and grace and encouragement, and pray that my life speaks for itself. I’ve found that if you are living your life in a way that is honoring God, you don’t have to preach at anyone because your life will be a living, breathing, walking, talking testimony. My message is all about love. Loving yourself, loving others, sharing love with a hurting world. I believe Jesus is love, too. Which is why I wanted to align my heart more closely with His this year. And why I plan to share my spiritual journey and the things God is showing me more frequently here on my blog in the coming months.
I can tell you that since I wrote that resolution or goal or whatever you want to call it on my vision board, my life has never been more abundant or thriving or positive. Things with my career are booming. The website and my social media platforms are thriving. My friendships are being strengthened. I’ve found a new life group that has bolstered my faith and produced great revelation in every area of my life. I’m getting healthier in my eating and exercise habits. I might even have some things happening in the romance department 🙂 (More on that later – I promise). And my relationship with Jesus has become the most precious and life-giving and joy-producing relationship of all. I am taking time to meditate and be still and get silent and stop talking AT Him and listen TO him. And my life has never felt more hopeful and exciting, and, well…ALIVE.
It’s like God wanted me to see, really SEE, that I never had to seek success at all. Or friendships. Or love. Or opportunity. Or anything at all, other than Him. We hear the scriptures and we learn the scriptures and we recite the scriptures, but when we actually SEE the scriptures lift right off the page and play out in real-time, in real ways, in our lives…it’s awe-inspiring.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things will be added to you.” ~Matthew 6:33
Anyway…I just wanted to share my new journey with you guys because I love you and consider you family and there’s rarely anything that happens to me in my life that I DON’T want to share with you. And I wanted to ask you to bear with me, and trust me, even if you are not a Christian and have no use for faith and are basically rolling your eyes as you read this post. Because I can promise you this: I will never judge you. I will never condemn you. I will never tell you why I’m better than you because I follow God and you don’t. This isn’t about that.
This is about me sharing a new and exciting relationship in my life with you, the same way I would share a new dating relationship with you. This is a new journey for me, and though I have been following God since I was 20, I can honestly say I’ve never had this deep and rich of a relationship with Him until now. And I honestly believe that even if you don’t subscribe to my particular form of faith, there will still be valuable lessons in my journey of seeking after His face that you can apply to your own life.
During my quiet time with Him on January 2nd, God spoke something very clearly into my heart:
Get uncomfortable this year, Mandy. You worship comfort too much.
This blog is step one of my getting uncomfortable…baring my soul before you and risking offending those of you who don’t believe as I do. It’s a big risk, I know. But I am determined to get uncomfortable this year regardless of the repercussions or the reactions from the world, and I’m asking you to get uncomfortable with me. Whatever that looks like for you. Let’s step out on faith and take more chances and do things we’ve never done and see where the road less traveled takes us.