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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I am very reserved, in my demeanor and display of emotions to others, by nature. I have always been this way, although as a child and teenager, I may have been slightly more exuberant. Of course, in my imagination, and in my feelings, and in the stating of my opinions (ahem…), I am not reserved, at all. I find it fascinating to watch other people, especially children, show their careless displays of excitement, leaping, jumping, bouncing, shouting, dancing, and celebrating freely. I enjoy seeing it, and in my inner most being, I do it too, but wouldn’t dare do most of those things in real life, it’s just not me. That’s one of the reasons I so loved running. It was freeing to me to be able to run, and it was, along with other things, a way to express my excitement. I miss that.

There are obviously many, many things that are out of my comfort zone. Some things, like jumping up and down with excitement, are just not in my nature and therefore, not likely to happen. But there are other things that are out of my comfort zone that I can and should do, or at least try to do.

  • Speaking up – “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15
  • Stepping up – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
  • Looking up –Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight…” Proverbs 3:5-6

As believers we are called to do things that may be out of our comfort zone, but we do them anyway. We have many examples of this in the Bible. God telling believers to do something and they (eventually) go and do it. They obey. Even when it’s out of their comfort zone, even if they don’t want to do it. Moses was afraid to speak to Pharaoh because of his “faltering lips”, so God sent Aaron with him and they obeyed  (Exodus 6:28-7:2,7:6-7). Esther had to go before the king to save her people, risking her own life to do so. She did it anyway and said “if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:9-16). Paul was in chains and imprisoned for Christ, and I’m pretty sure that was out of his comfort zone (Philippians 1:12-26). These are just a few examples of God calling people out of their comfort zone. They were called out of their own sense of safety and called into Christ’s love, care, and strength. That’s a good place to be.

I probably won’t be asked to go before a Pharaoh or a king, but I feel that I have been asked to share on this blog. And although, I don’t typically have a problem with sharing my thoughts with people I know, it’s out of my comfort zone to share personal things, thoughts, and ideas with people I don’t know. Is there something specific that God is prompting you to do? Maybe you don’t have the full picture, but only a small piece of what you need to do. I get it, and encourage you to take that first step. As I continue to takes steps in obedience, He continues to equip me to take the next step. It’s kind of like running, and I like that.

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