After our staff’s weekly time of listening to Scripture this morning, I sensed the Lord challenging me.  I sensed that he was calling me to trust Him more.  He was going to ask me to take a risk.  My impulse was to think, “I really like being comfortable.”  I like what I like, and I appreciate the familiarity of my comforts.

“You want to go where people know.  The people are all the same…You want to go where everybody knows your name.”

In the famous sitcom Cheers, every time the character Norm walked into Cheers everyone would shout “Norm” as he walked in the door and sat in the same seat at the bar.  Norm loved the familiarity of being with the same people, sitting in the same place, and knowing that everyone knew his name.

When I coach, I often say, “practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent.”  Our habits and routines shape us more than we realize.  When we hold the mirror up to our lives, we often have to own the fact that we aren’t becoming more perfect; just more permanent.

In my life, I say that I trust God.  I can look back on my life and see all the amazing things that God has done.  However, when I look back on my life, I can also see that the times I grew the most were when I put my faith into action by stepping out of the familiar and routine into the unfamiliar places beyond my normal routines and expectations.

In those instances, I had to BREAK THE NORM!  Like the character Norm, I had become familiar with normal and had to be willing to step out of my comfort zone.  I had to be willing to again become comfortable being uncomfortable.  As you read and consider this, is there a step of faith you sense God wants you take, that deep down in your heart you know you should but haven’t been able to Break the Norm?!

The Psalmist challenges us: You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!  He is their help and their shield. (Psalm 115:11).

As a person whose life desires to follow hard after God, please pray that I always have the courage to fully trust the Lord, take risks, steps of faith and not merely live life in the familiar!  He is our help, our shield and, when we step out in faith, we know his unconditional love will always protect us!

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