You have one, right? We all do.
I might not want to admit it, but with each year that goes by, I seem to gravitate more and more towards places, situations, and sometimes even people who make me feel safe. And honestly I think COVID – 19 has made this gravitational pull even greater.
What do you think?
Do you feel comfortable in your day-to-day routine involving where you live, where you work and who you spend your time with? I know I do.
The trouble is these comfort zones can hinder us from living life to the fullest.
I know, I know… comfort zones are not necessarily a bad thing. They reduce stress and help me find some peace, but at the same time I can get stuck in the zone. I can ignore the calling of God to get out of my comfort zone.
As Christians, you and I are invited into a relationship with Jesus which requires continuous connections to grow. Sometimes, in my experience, growing closer to Jesus means stepping outside of familiar situations. For example, God may call you to move to a new state, or God may call you to do something different in your career in order to make an impact.
These changes, these places outside of our comfort zone can require us to do things that go against today’s culture and challenge us to engage in life with new people. That can be scary.
For example, stepping out of your comfort zone may mean starting a conversation with someone you do not usually talk to. Or, it could be as simple as reaching out to a coworker or neighbor to see how they are feeling in the midst of the pandemic.
How is God calling you out of your comfort zone?
This Summer, I celebrated my 23 year in ministry and in October I will celebrate my 46th birthday. 2020 is going down in the books as one of the most challenging years. Mostly because my gut response to the pandemic has made me want to stay in my comfort zone, but God keeps calling me to try new things, have church in back yards, VBS in my front yard, and preach to a camera.
God keeps calling… I know he is calling you too. I hope you will stay with me, stepping outside our comfort zones, trying new things, and engaging in new ways with God and others this fall, so that we might grow closer and find the abundant life Jesus promises in following him!
I hope to see you soon, online or in person, outside the comfort zone with God!