Out of the Comfort Zone

You know those cold mornings when you wake up but are too comfortable to get out of your warm, cozy nest you’ve built in your bed?  That was me this morning.  I laid there for at least 30 minutes after my alarm went off.  I knew that once I moved the covers, I would no longer be warm, so I stayed there for as long as I could.

Eventually, I knew I had to get up so I wouldn’t be late for work, so I finally did it.  I didn’t gradually get up, though.  I threw the covers off of me and got right up!  Honestly, I knew if it was gradual, I wouldn’t do it.  It had to be quick.

Getting out of that warm bed into an unyielding cold is very similar to stepping outside of your comfort zone.  If you try to ease your way out, you’ll probably never do it.

It’s a new year, so why don’t we all try to make it a point to consciously and wholeheartedly step out of our comfort zones?  I learned last year that stepping out of my comfort zone to do something I truly believed God was asking me to do brought life to others – literally.

When you decide to go full-force and step out of your personal comfort zone all for the glory of God, you’ll find yourself feeling things you’ve never felt before.  It’s unexplainable, but it’s the most amazing feeling you can imagine.  You will know without a doubt that you did something powerful, and you will be greatly blessed in ways you didn’t realize were possible.

Just like those mornings that you don’t want to get out of bed, you’ll find yourself not wanting to get out of that comfortable spot into a place that seems foreign and cold.  Yes, it can be scary, and at first you might feel like you didn’t accomplish anything by stepping out.  However, I guarantee that if you were listening to God’s voice telling you what to do, you’ll eventually see an amazing harvest.

Where is your comfort zone?

Mine was (is) hanging out with my friends and staying to myself unless others talk to me first.  I have never wanted to draw attention to myself, and I still like for eyes to be on anyone other than me.  I used to have a problem with talking about God because I didn’t want there to be a chance of someone laughing at me or thinking I was dumb for my beliefs.  I also didn’t want know how to defend my beliefs.

Wouldn’t you know that God has so many times placed me in positions of greeting new people, getting to know new people, leading both believers and non-believers, and talking about him in a LOT of situations!  Not only that, but he has called me to be a write and speaker for him!!

Yes, I still get very uncomfortable when I’m responsible for talking to people I don’t know or in front of a large group.  I get nervous and don’t know what to say, but I do it anyway, and I’ve made some great friends through that.  No, not everyone I’ve met has become a part of my life, but through stepping out, I have found some genuine friends that I hold very near to my heart.

I also found that I don’t have to talk about God all the time in order to teach people about him.  People know who he is without me preaching to them at all times.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ll tell you what I know if you ask, but it’s not something I have to “force feed.”  No one needs that. 

It’s also not necessary to defend my beliefs the way I thought I did.  If someone disagrees with me or ridicules me, then I ask them why they believe the way they do and tell them why I believe the way I do.  If they aren’t willing to hear, then they aren’t going to hear.  God creates the time for them to listen, and as long as you keep getting closer to him, you’ll know when and if the time is right.

How can you step out?

Stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re talking to someone about God.  Stepping out looks different for different people and depends on the situation.  It can be a multitude of things: 

  • Talk to the kid no one else talks to at school.
  • Write an encouraging note to someone you feel might need it.
  • Write down scripture you think God is telling you someone needs and give it to them.
  • Pray for someone (privately or with them).
  • Invite someone to a movie.
  • Invite someone to church.
  • Listen to someone.
  • Cook dinner for someone who is sick.
  • Reach out to someone you know is hurting and do nothing more than love on them and show them how important they are.
  • If you see someone new at church or a youth event, go and say hi to them.  Make them feel comfortable.

These barely skim the surface of what you can do.  Start talking to God and ask where he wants you to step out.  Maybe you’ll be like one of my sweet girls who decided to sit at a table of strangers for lunch and made a special friend that she might not found otherwise.  Maybe you’ll be like the teacher who invited a desperate student to church and saw his life change before her very eyes.  You never know what can occur.  One thing I know is that nothing will happen if you decide to stay within you warm, cozy, and inviting world.

Whether you make resolutions with each new year or not, why don’t you try to make this one thing your resolution for 2012 – taking a step out of your comfort zone? 

If you like this, you might enjoy a previous post — I Will Never Look Away 

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