So you feel called to do something. But with that comes uncertainty and an endless strings of “what ifs.”
What you see is a desert. What God sees is on the other side of that desert. And that’s a beautiful oasis. See, your comfort is where you are now. And sometimes that isn’t even that comfortable, but you feel like it would be scarier to step out. I’m telling you, friend, STEP OUT.
Nothing worth achieving is ever obtained by waiting around in your comfort zone. NOTHING.
Everything that is worth anything, however, involves taking risks and having faith. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way.
About a year ago I was working for a company that I respected, but I had grown absolutely miserable with the position I was in. It was a very money-driven, stressful, “come in early, stay late” type of job. Some people I knew absolutely loved that environment. But me? I quickly became addicted to the money I was making and that was what my idea of “success” centered around. But in reality, I was losing parts of me that I knew I loved. I had zero energy at the end of the workday and started neglecting my passions and the relationships around me.
My focus had turned from God’s purpose for me to a job I knew God didn’t even want me doing in the first place! Why was I just letting myself live this life and doing absolutely nothing about it? Because I had grown comfortable. Except my current comfortable wasn’t even comfortable anymore!
It took me probably longer than it should have to realize I don’t have to be this person. I don’t even like this person anymore. There’s a lot of unknown out there. But I rather step into the unknown than stay in the “comfortable” place that was limiting my potential to be who God wants me to be.
I realized, as God likes to point out to be regularly…Your comfort zone is dangerous.
Your comfort zone limits you. The longer you stay in your comfort zone, the smaller it gets. And the more you let it define your limitations. The only person who should be defining your limitations is yourself. It just takes some extra courage to expand those limitations. It may be that you’re scared of the vulnerability, the criticism. I’m sure you can come up with a longer list…but bottom line: it’s just not worth it to let fear win.
It doesn’t involve any faith. Walking in faith is uncomfortable. Sometimes super uncomfortable. But it’s OKAY to be uncomfortable. It means you are exercising your faith and strengthening your relationship with God, the One who is going to carry you through all of the uncomfortable messes we will encounter. He wants you to go with faith.
Whatever battle you’re facing is not going to go away. Most people are afraid to take chances because they are scared of the unknown. Well how is the “known” working out for you? There could be a whole lot of struggle in your current situation, so what do you have to lose? Or there might not be much struggle at all from an outsider’s perspective. But I know you- your struggle is inside. Your struggle is knowing you are called to do something but you’re too afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
So, take the chance! And go with faith.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
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