Comfort or Conviction?

These words still resound in my heart: “We are not doing this for fun. We are fighting.”  This is a quote from Ken Cuccinelli, attorney general of Virginia, in reference to the strenuous schedule he maintains in order to balance family life and a political career led by conviction.  His statement forced me to ponder my life. How many decisions do I make that are based on comfort while sacrificing conviction versus the other way around?  Let’s take a look at a few.

1. Diet~I know that saturated fats and processed foods do not enhance my health in any way. A natural diet of organic fruits, vegetables, and free-range meat would definitely increase my energy, reduce colds and fatigue, and improve my complexion and weight. But those chips and fries taste SO  good and are so easily accessible; and they are much cheaper (in some ways).   Which leads me to my second point…

2. Money-management~I am disciplined in paying off my bills, but what do I do with the few dollars left over? I usually spend them on myself, buying clothes, books, accessories, and trinkets that I really don’t need.  There are many other causes of lasting value that would certainly be a much better use of my money, including supporting our local, organic farmers.

3. Exercise~I long to run 5 miles with ease. I admire people who run so gracefully and find such fulfillment in it. There are moments when my legs ache to consume those miles and I know it would do my heart and lungs a world of good. I feel such satisfaction when I have completed my run for the day (and my dog is  happy too), but for some reason it is ever a battle to get out there…

4. Rest~Eyes are probably rolling at this one, but it’s true. Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.  It sets the pace for the day and it takes disclipine to get enough of it. When I find myself nearing exhaustion in the middle of the afternoon, or find it agony to rise early in the morning, I know it’s because I allowed myself to squander those evening hours watching TV, checking e-mails, or reading when I should have been asleep.

I know that the Lord has entrusted me with this life and the resources to live it well. I do not want to waste my time, energy, or resources in catering to my wants and comforts, rather than furthering His kingdom and spreading the Truth – that Jesus has undying love for His people.  But is this conviction governing my life?  It is not my place or privilege to spend time or money on my wants; it is my responsibility to pass on to others what God has entrusted to me. To do so I need to be a good steward of all that He has given me – health, relationships, intelligence, and money. 

What are your convictions? Are they worth the sacrifice of your comfort?

About wordvessel

Aloha! This blog is a window into the active mind of a wife, mother, woman and individual. I may be busy every moment of every day, but I still have time to think. Many seasons have blossomed and faded within my life, and this blog has endured through all of them. It is safe to say that my writing has matured because of them. I hope that you will be inspired to think in fresh ways as you read my writing. To Jesus be all the glory.
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