As we enter this new year, I am reminded of all the New Years goals that I have set for myself in the past. Most of these goals were health and fitness related. And in any fitness or health related goal, there is a challenge involved. I mean, if it were easy and without challenge, I would have attained that goal years ago. There is an element to these goals that will make me uncomfortable. And that is the thing. I like to be comfortable.

I know that I cannot be the only person who likes to be comfortable. I like to be in a comfortable temperature, dressed comfortably. And I don’t much like going through hard situations. Can anyone else relate? We, as humans like our creature comforts. And we tend to view things that are painful as bad and things that are comfortable as good.

Pastor Brandon Pahl serves as a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church and wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.