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We naturally settle into the warm and comfortable rhythms of life. And, like our cozy beds in the morning, it’s often difficult to wake up and do something different. But we miss life when we don’t. And occasionally disturbing our comfort is our only sure path toward life.

Of course, there are times in which we jump out of bed – ready to face a new day and whatever changes it brings.

But on a cool or rainy morning, for example, this might be the last thing we want to do. And, to be fair, we often need an alarm clock just to wake up and get going on any given day of the week.

Our comfortable slumber must be regularly disturbed in order to face the realities of our day.

And this truth applies to much more than simply getting up in the morning.

For instance, it’s easy to grow so comfortable and complacent with the world around us we don’t realize we’re drifting away from God’s best. In fact, we might be like the proverbial frog that gets boiled to death as we remain comfortably ignorant in the way we’re doing life.

It often takes others to be that alarm clock in our life to wake us up and help us to see how things really are.

And rarely is this met initially with gratitude. We’re upset and mad that our comfortable sleep has been disturbed.

It’s not until we fully wake up that we see what we’ve been missing and we’re now grateful to approach life with new eyes.

To be sure, there are many times in which God sends others to disturb our sleep and wake us up. And we might be called to lovingly disturb those around us as well.

But, either way, the point is to wake up to more of God’s truth and goodness in our lives. And we miss out on the profound beauty he offers when we remain asleep.

In the end, it’s not pleasant to disturb the comfortable. But it is the call of love to wake up sleeping souls to experience more of life with God. And this starts first with ourselves.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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