Your Comfort Zone. Defined as a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress, most of us live for our comfort zones. The problem with only living in our comfort zone is that we never grow. Think about it, if you only did what was comfortable, you would never get married, never work, never explore, never experience other people in need of your love!
Maf Berg, a women from our church, recently returned from a mission trip to Roatán. Maf has been on many trips before and is a warrior for helping people and spreading the message of Jesus but this time, she went to a place that pushed her out of her comfort zone. Maf writes,
“While I had been to Roatán before, this time, the women did something we’d never done before that was WAY out of our comfort zone. We made sandwiches and brought them and Kool-Aid to the local jail! (In Honduras, the inmates don’t eat unless family members bring them food; and, when you live on less that $1 a day, there isn’t much to spend on food for an incarcerated brother or father). The jail was like a medieval dungeon – pitch dark, no windows or lights in the cells, and a bucket in the middle of the floor for urinating. The cells are small that when its at capacity (which is only 8 people and is often full) the men have to sleep standing up! The smell was so bad we literally didn’t know if we were going to faint or throw up! But when we gave the men/boys Bibles, several already had New Testaments and pulled them out of their pockets and read along with us!”
God is constantly calling us to venture out of our comfort zones and add value to the lives of others. It may be tough talking to that person in the office about hope. It may be tiring to give up an hour or two to serve at a food shelf or at a ministry like We Do Feet. God may even bring you to a foreign country in order that you may share about this amazing concept called Grace.
I think that this quote captures God’s design for a life surrendered to Him:
“Life’s journey is not to arrive at eternity safely and soft from comfort, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Yee Haw! What a ride!'”
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy1:7
How can you step out of your comfort zone today to add value to someone else’s life?