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There are many things about me my husband would call “quirky.” One which really stands out is the a/c settings in my car. It is almost always on full blast, and it has to be blowing directly into my face. Over the years, we’ve had more than our fair share of squabbles over this. He hates air in his face, and I dislike re-setting my vents when he drives my car. Eventually we came to an understanding; he would only move them in one direction, and I wouldn’t complain over having to adjust it a small amount. Marriage is all about compromise after all, but in order for us to settle our differences, we both have to be willing to listen. We both also have to accept there will be times we’ll be forced to be uncomfortable.

Too often our human nature pushes us to stubbornly accept only the things which keep us comfortable. But our walk with Christ is never meant to be merely comfortable. Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Those two words bring to mind the feelings of being stuck in line at an amusement park. There’s a reward at the end, but getting there can be downright miserable. The Holy Spirit will often lead us into situations we wouldn’t necessarily choose on our own. We may be spiritually slapped in the face with a strong breeze like on the day of Pentecost, or like the gentle breath on our face described in John 20:22.

Let’s be honest, some of us would still resist the Holy Spirit if the request fell on us harder than a piano from those old school cartoons. We can be obstinate like that. Just ask a southerner if unsweet tea is fine, and you’ll really see how set in our ways people can be. But I urge you to open yourself up to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Saying yes to the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your comfort. What it does mean though, is some of your “I would nevers” start to become “In a heartbeats.” Try it out for yourself. What have you recently said no to that the Holy Spirit has asking you to say yes to?