If it’s true that no one had a perfect childhood, seeking comfort for what we lacked as children is something of a universal.
So where do you go for comfort?
Christians know God is supposed to be our comfort. But most people still search for false escapes in music, television, drugs, sex, games, books, even work. The most human of all qualities isn’t self-awareness; it’s the possession of a mind that can make even the opposite, the very fear of comfort, into a familiar comfort.
If you trusted God to fill all your comfort need, do you believe you’d be a better writer? Since that's what I'm all about, I figured this was a good meditation for us today–maybe a way to use our extra hour.
Of course, he could miraculously break your bad habits. Stories of drug addicts and smokers suddenly losing their cravings and having no withdrawal symptoms are common. Habits are usually only replaceable with another, better habit, but when you know God, the changes often do come more easily.
And how do you know God? I always believe I know an author best when I've read his book. But listening and asking his opinions, talking and showing your truest self—that’s a relationship. And that’s where ultimate comfort is found. All other comforts are doomed to fail.
How do I know this is true? I always love finding principles that govern the invisible world, but you really start to believe when you see the principles in action. Today, I found one of the most important principles governing comfort in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount:
“You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.”
–Matthew 5:9 (The Message)
In other words, when you’re a peacemaker, you’ll be blessed by knowing your purpose in God’s world! Did you know that was related? Peacemaking isn't automatic knowledge. You have to learn it. Helping others put aside what they want is hard. And we have to do it ourselves first. But if you work it out, the word says you'll be blessed with knowing your purpose.
Your purpose may not be as a mediator or conflict manager. But God said that employing that skill will help you find your purpose in his world.
It seems strange, doesn't it? But today I'm asking God to show me how to be a peacemaker anyway. I’m betting he’ll help me do it, too. And if the principle is true, I’ll discover more of my purpose in his reality and more of my ultimate comfort as well.
I'm not doing it to be a better writer, but even if I was selfishly motivated here, I'll bet it'd work anyway. Because I know another principle: God always takes what he can get. (Or does he? Leave a comment, let's discuss!)