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“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what a ship is built for.” John Augustus Shedd
“It’s when you begin to think about going to your dream that your dream is always outside of your comfort zone. It’s always beyond what you’ve ever done.” Bruce Wilkinson
The second chair was comfortable for me. That’s not a comment on the literal comfort of cloth, cushions, or capacity. I filled the second chair as an assistant pastor in three different churches. The role suited me well. The “buck” didn’t stop with me. That was a comfortable context.
The context lasted fourteen years. Then I felt the “tap.”
Have you felt a tap on the shoulder or a nudge to move out of your comfort zone? The move may only lead you down the hall, or to a new set of responsibilities or a change of location but the feelings from being outside your zone are enormous. It’s stimulating, stretching, scary, strange, and anything but stale.
Are you being nudged to change your style? Maybe it’s to up your game from articles to a book. Or move from novels to non-fiction? Or to change your career or finally follow your dream.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary but it doesn’t take courage. Do it scared. Courage is what you find after you step out. What it takes, especially for those who trust that God can order your steps, is a calling. A calling is what gets you through the inevitable setbacks, difficulties, and challenges that await just outside your comfort zone.
A comfort zone is a beautiful place – but nothing ever grows there. The move you’re scared to take is the move you need to make.
In 1994 everything changed when our senior pastor went on permanent disability. Months earlier he cut back to part-time hours because of health reasons. Now, he wasn’t just stepping back he was stepping out. The Board of our church asked if I would step up. Yes, was a response to God’s calling. I felt the tap to leave my comfort zone.
The next twenty-five years were anything but comfortable and everything extraordinary.
Extraordinary is what you get when you leave your comfort zone and follow your calling. You may muse, “But who am I to be extraordinary?”
Marianne Williamson answers,
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"
Are you ready for God to bring opportunities your way? Doing so requires you to leave what is comfortable. The journey may be scary, you'll feel out of control, and you will be required to get going without knowing exactly where you're headed. This is how you achieve kingdom purposes.
You'll get to try new things and meet wonderful people, like Spider Mabel. She was 8 years old when she came to a book signing. If you receive nothing else from this post, watch Spider Mabel's video trailer to see a girl who stepped out of her comfort zone and saved a city.
Saying “Cherrio” to your comfort zone is the first step to getting comfortable with who you are meant to be.
What happened when you stepped out of your comfort zone?
Bob Jones writes
to grow hope, inspire people to be real, forge an authentic faith in Jesus, and
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Thank you, Bob, for challenging and encouraging us to say "cherrio to our comfort zones."ReplyDelete
The quote by Marianne Williamson has been a strangely comforting one for me over the last while. I recently realized I feared success more than I feared failure. Success makes us a larger bullseye for bullies to shoot at.
But we must step into the sea God longs to part. It's okay to be afraid. It's not okay to disobey.
I appreciate this post more than there's space and time to express.
The trailer regarding Spider Mabel made me tear up. Such sweetness. Such courage.
Mabel is an amazing superhero. Thank you for being a "first responder," Wendy. You set the pace on every blog.Delete
Moving and inspiring. Thank you so much.ReplyDelete
Thank you. You said, "Cherrio" to many of your own comfort zones, Sally. Nice to have this monthly check-in.Delete
This is so true, bob. Sometimes we do need to say "Cheerio" to our comfort zone and step out in faith. Well said.ReplyDelete
You have found the extraordinary outside your own comfort zone, Tracy. Thank you.Delete
There are a few places in your blog post, Bob, that made me pause a moment. I nodded my head at this line of yours: "Courage is what you find after you step out." And, I was drawn to Marianne Williamson's notable quotation, especially her last line. To think you got to meet Spider Mabel in person - what an amazing young girl. Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Brenda. Loved your post about comments. https://inscribewritersonline.blogspot.com/2023/03/cultivate-art-of-leaving-comments-guest.html?spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR1edNrDpYRMHSctyC4yMTXaq6yL7S7w_RPjUngUiR-wSX71dH4mHyD9euYDelete
Thanks for this encouraging post, Bob. I too, was struck by the line ‘courage is what you find after you step out.’ For some reason it calls to mind an Indiana Jones movie - ‘The Last Crusade’ when he has to step out in order to find the bridge to the other side of a canyon. Thanks for the reminder that God meets us as we take that first step.ReplyDelete
Such a great movie! A story well told. Thank you Sharon for your gift of reading and commenting. Be assured God will meet you in the next step of faith you take.Delete
Thanks for this encouraging post, Bob. Our themes this month focus on courage, and yours adds flavour in that you encourage us to get out of our comfort zone, "a beautiful place – but nothing ever grows there. The move you’re scared to take is the move you need to make." What a well-phrased quote!ReplyDelete
Your growth is evidence that you have stepped out of one, if not many of your own comfort zones. Transformation is a lifelong process.ReplyDelete
If there is one thing that I have learned in my 61 years...life is always changing. It is never stagnant. I have said "Cheerio" many times...& faced that fear and anxiety. Only to be pleasantly surprised by my choices to change my situation. It also takes a leap of faith and hope..& prayer. It has always worked out. I am blessed & grateful. Life has been good. 👍😊ReplyDelete
So true. Following promptings from God to step out of a comfort zone can lead to pleasant surprises. Never easy.ReplyDelete