God Does Not Call Us To Be Comfortable

God Does Not Call Us To Be Comfortable

I am currently on the World Race in my first month and living in Colombia and God is doing crazy things

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This whole experience has been one word…. UNCOMFORTABLE - from the moment I applied for the World Race, to being accepted, to packing for training camp, to actually leaving the country for a year. To be honest, I felt like the group joke at training camp because I came walking in with my fake nails, week-old spray tan, and lash extensions. I know for sure what people thought of me because some actually told me at the end (Pro Tip: don't say something negative to someone and use the "this is me asking for forgiveness for my thoughts" line because it is more damaging than you think.) I truly felt like no one would understand that where I was coming from and who I was, was totally normal because of where I was from.

I have never been camping a day in my life, yet I was not afraid of picking out a tent or sleeping bag and camping for all of training camp. I still got weird looks because I did not know how to set it up. I was so out of my comfort zone, but I learned how to laugh my way through it. I am good at laughing in hard situations, but sometimes when I'm negative or in a bad mood, I am just emotionally drained. Do not ever think it is coming out of a bad place in my heart, I truly just need to rest. Anyways, training camp got easier because people took the time to get to know me and understand that "pageant girls are not mean girls" which, unfortunately, is a common stereotype. That also made me uncomfortable.

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We began our first month in Colombia and all the girls are on one-floor sleeping. We were set up sleeping bag to sleeping bag with no personal space, which is extremely uncomfortable. We were all irritated the first few days because we were adjusting and now I'm having the time of my life. Even when the toilet isn't working or the only shower we have is flooded because all 30 girls decide to fully wash their hair on the same day, it is like one giant sleepover. While we were on our prayer walk, I began telling someone how I was not an "adventurer" growing up and they were like "then why did you sign up for this?" and I said "God does not call us to be comfortable" and he truly does not.

God does not call us to sit inside a box because HE is not an in-the-box kind of Lord. He is an out-of-the-box, out-of-this-world, sending disciples, giving up his only son, creator of the world kind of God. We were made in his image, right? Then why can't we be out of this world? I literally decided to give up a year of my life to spread the good news in countries I have never been in before with people I barely know and it is EXHILARATING. If I was not on the World Race right now, I would be sitting at home wondering what is next? That is the COOL thing about God is that when you follow his will instead of your own, you are too busy enjoying the view to wonder, what will I do when I get home??

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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My Relationship With Religion Will Never Be Black And White

and that's okay!

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I was raised Christian let's get that out the way. Growing up in a small town I went to Awana (a children's church group Wednesday nights) and then once I was in middle school started youth group that night instead as well as a normal church on Sundays. If you would ask me from me being really young to probably around 15 I was all about church and building a relationship with God.

After leaving public school and growing my presence online and meeting so many people from all walks of life, I started questioning things.

Suddenly, I was immersed in this community with the best people who just loved everyone regardless of gender or sexuality or race and it was the place I was able to come to terms with something I had always repressed, my feelings towards girls.

I knew the moment I started talking to a girl named Laura that I had feelings for her I would normally have for a boy and because of the people I now had around me I just didn't suppress it. I identified online and eventually to family and friends as bisexual.

My questions started with wondering how my god this loving all knowing entity I had always known was un-accepting and promoted the exclusion of the LGBTQ+ community from the Christian faith. I knew that this community was full of the most loving and creative and beautiful people I have ever met and that was the start of me knowing my relationship with God would never be the same.

As I grew up and have become an activist for the things that mean a lot to me I have stopped attending church and have begun to see that I do not want any part in ANY religion that takes part in shunning anyone based on how they identify. I have been vocal about this to many people some more excepting then others but regardless I will never again take part in something that I myself am not 100% accepted within

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