Christmas Comforts

We all like to be comfortable. When it gets cold, we bundle up in winter jackets. We love the feeling of sitting next to a warm fire sipping on cocoa or apple cider. If the weather shifts to become warmer, we will shed the coats, avoid the fire, and have a traditional southern Christmas with the AC blowing. In either case, we make adjustments in our lives to try to create as comfortable an atmosphere as possible. 

But sometimes we encounter moments that we are asked to intentionally step outside of our comfort zone. This past Sunday at Life Church we hosted an event in which groups of people went out caroling around the neighborhoods. I realize that caroling is completely out of the comfort zone of most people. After caroling, I asked our pastors and worship leader to take part in a "Christmas Lip Sync Battle" in which each guy was forced far outside his comfort zone as he put on a crazy costume and comedically performed each song. 

Why do we ask people to get outside of their comfort zones during a time of the year that it is so nice to feel comfortable? We do it because of the impact is has on other people. I can tell you that when Life Church went caroling, we saw people get incredibly excited by the "carolers" singing at their home. And that is not my assumption. Right after we passed by the homes, we saw a string of Facebook posts from those home owners who wanted to express their excitement about what they had just encountered. We had our staff do a Lip Sync Battle because our discomfort helped people to feel at ease and to put a smile on their face. It was wonderful to hear that people "never knew they could laugh that much in church." 

Ultimately, Christmas is about Jesus. And our Savior did the most uncomfortable thing ever recorded. He left a perfect place in Heaven and came down to a dirty earth, full of sin, so that He could save us. Our Savior got uncomfortable for us. So this Christmas season, I encourage you to get uncomfortable for the sake of Him. Meet someone you haven't met before, take cookies to a neighbor, invite someone to the Christmas Eve service, show people that your comfort will come in second place to their value.