Last time, I introduced “How Haters Help“. We discussed how God deals with his children, and promised to delve deeper into the story of Joseph. This go around, we want to explore “How Haters Help Us Get out of our Comfort Zone”
Daddy’s favorite, nice clothes, and big dreams is where our friend Joseph’s story begins. He was poised to be “The Man”, in Canaan. His father had given him a garment of distinction. This gift magnified what Jacob felt in his heart about Joseph, and further distinguished him from his brothers. While his father’s gift was cool, it was his God given gift that was going to separate him, and cause him to be a integral part of the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was an awesome honor, with a catch. He had to move from Canaan do what he was created to do. Jacob was given the dream but God didn’t give the blueprints on how He would accomplish his purpose. I think if Jacob had known this path was a rough one he might have not been wo quick, to share it, or maybe he would have even chalked it up to being a nightmare. Canaan represents a place of comfort for Joseph. Everyone knew he was gifted, and heard the dream. Jacob was a big fish in a small pond. If he was going to fulfill Gods purpose for his life, he needed to swim amongst sharks. He had to move out of a comfortable place, to find out what God already knew about his character. Jacob had no clue that the fulfillment of the dream would happen away from the place he called home. His Haters literally forced him out of his comfort zone. Would he have left otherwise?
Human nature often gravitates toward the path of least resistance. We must learn that the resistance is necessary for growth. No champions are birth in comfortable situations. Are you going through a tough situation, and those around you seem to be making matters worse? Ask yourself, “Am I being forced out of my comfort zone?”
Once I learn that God values character over comfort, my comfortable places seem really unimportant. So let’s shift our sight to becoming people with character. We will explore “How Haters Help Develop Character” next time.
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. -Denis Waitley
Haters Help Develop Godly character.
Haters Help Us Achieve our purpose.