Overcoming highway hypnosis
Have you ever had that moment where you have driven somewhere, maybe home or work or church, but you don't really remember the journey?
Usually that's because you drive the same route to those familiar places and because it is known, you tend not to absorb many of the details of the drive. The phenomenon is known as highway hypnosis.
There is something reassuring about what we know, it's comfortable and we don't have to think too hard about it. We like being comfortable, talking with the same group of people, eating the same thing, and driving on the same routes,
Yet the Christian walk is all about being changed, about being transformed by the gospel. 1 Corinthians 15:51 says "But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!" So why is it then that most people don't like change?
When I was in college undertaking missions training, one of our lecturers said as missionaries your role is to be an agent of directed cultural change. Our whole purpose was to bring about change in people and cultures in areas that were opposed to Kingdom culture. It wasn't about making things like they were in Australia, only that behaviours and actions aligned with what the Lord says.
And perhaps the same is true for you? Maybe those things with which we are comfortable don't actually align with what God tells us in His word? Maybe they feel good and we like them, but like highway hypnosis, they are blurring out what God wants to do in and through us.
Today I want to challenge you to do one thing you have never done before. Make it something that you wouldn't normally do. Something which even causes you some discomfort. As we step into those areas that are unfamiliar, we continue growing both as people and Christians.
And we might just find that in those uncomfortable places and spaces, we meet people who don't know Jesus and we create an opportunity to share the gospel.