Let's face it. Most of us like to be in familiar situations and familiar surroundings. I am a homebody who likes to travel sometimes. Before I go somewhere new, though, I usually do some research. With the use of the internet, I can look up reviews quickly to decide where to stay and eat, and find things ahead of time on what to do. If we can buy tickets ahead of time, we usually try to do that. I check the weather forecasts to plan what I am going to wear, and bring something opposite "just in case" the weather is different than expected. If something seems like too much trouble, I might just stay home with everything I already know, with the people I already know and love.
Did God call me to stay put? Sometimes.
Did God call me to go? Sometimes.
Wherever I am, though, I am supposed to do what God wants. What would that be?
Micah 6:8 (ESV) says
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
When I am home or in my hometown, I should walk humbly, do justice, and love others with kindness. When I am far from home (or just in the next town over where I am not so familiar), I should do the same. I cannot save my "kindness" for only the people I know and easily love, but also to strangers. Though it may make me uncomfortable, I need to do what God wants and not what my flesh wants. Will you join me in getting uncomfortable? We are doing it for something bigger than ourselves...the Kingdom of God!