Michael Hyatt recently wrote about Dean Karnazes, an ultra marathoner who once ran fifty marathons in fifty states in fifty days–for the record, I have no desire to do that. He’s also author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.
Karnazes challenges an central assumption of our culture: comfort is good. In a published interview Karnazes remarked:
Western culture has things a little backwards right now. We think that if we had every comfort available to us, we’d be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now we’re so comfortable we’re miserable. There’s no struggle in our lives. No sense of adventure. We get in a car, we get in an elevator, it all comes easy. What I’ve found is that I’m never more alive than when I’m pushing and I’m in pain, and I’m struggling for high achievement, and in that struggle I think there’s a magic.
As we move from advent into Christmastide, let’s consider the ways in which God might be calling us to move from comfort into discomfort and how that transition may well enrich our life more than ever thought possible.