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Moving out of our comfort zone can be scary. What can happen if we step out of our comfort zone?
I remember what a Pastor friend of mine told me once. He told me about an old lady, around 70 years old who decided to study Theology. And when she went to the Seminary to study, her colleagues asked her how come she did decide to move out of her comfort zone and do that. Her answer was—if not now then when?
Moving out of my comfort zone
I did promise you that I will write about how I started to move out of my comfort zone and start writing. It all began two or three years ago when I sensed the Lord telling me about a calling He has for me— writing. And in the beginning, I thought this was a mistake. However, the funny part is that God began using other people to communicate His message to me.
Once, last year, I was in Budapest to attend a Christian conference with some friends, and I began talking with the man next to me. He did not know me. And out of the blue, he told me that he is sensing the Lord wants me to start a blog. To make a long story short, the Lord confirmed me that part of His will for my life is to write. Therefore, here I am, walking by faith into the unknown world of writing.
Those who know me will tell you that my favorite book in the Bible is the book of Revelation. I am not apocalyptic in my thinking, but I do believe hard times are ahead of us. Moreover, I just love Apostle John’s writings and his calling to write. And in a way, I feel like him. God told (Pastor) John in Revelation 1:11
Therefore, he was supposed to write what he saw in the Spirit and then pass that information to others (in this case, to the seven churches that he was Pastoring).
Nothing that I will ever write will have the spiritual authority of Pastor John’s writings. He was one of the people God used to write the Bible. And I am not one of those people that God will use for such a mighty work of writing the Scriptures because the canon of the Scriptures is closed. However, I do believe, just like many of you, I am called to write about what I sense the Lord is guiding me to write about and I have to write when He is telling me to do so. And that even if it means I will have to move out of my comfort zone and feel scared now and then. Obedience is worth more than any sacrifice!
Moving out of my comfort zone- a process
God prompted me many times to do certain things that took me out of my comfort zone. Like visiting Israel in 2013 (you can read more about it here). And very often, just because a particular action will take me out of my comfort zone, I know it is from God. That is because my flesh wants to be comfortable.
The challenge is not just to write—and English is not my mother tongue; Romanian is. The problem is to share with others what I write. And you know how the fear of failure and the fear of man work. However, the only way towards healing is by faith. And every time we decide to obey God and move out of our comfort zone, we walk by faith.
Trust is another word that can describe this process. I want to give you at least three reasons why moving out of our comfort zone is beneficial for us.
1. Moving out of our comfort zone will make us grow.
No one can experience progress in life if he is not willing to change something. You cannot expect a different result in your life if you continue to do the same things. And that’s a fact. Therefore, growth comes with a price tag. If we do not pay the price, we stagnate.
Did you ever hear of someone who become a successful athlete without working hard? And I could continue with more examples. However, very often we have the wrong impression that things are different when we speak of the spiritual life.
The Bible is teaching us to pray, meditate on the Word of God, fast, give, etc. Very often they are called spiritual disciplines. However, I like to call them spiritual privileges. And whenever we practice God’s Word, we move out of our comfort zone. I will come back to this topic, but for now, I will stop here.
2. Moving out of our comfort zone will bring healing.
You know it is not comfortable to forgive someone? I know you know that. And anyone who ever forgave someone will tell you that it is hard! However, it will bring lots of healing to your life! And the good news is you do not have to do it alone. You can ask the help of the Holy Spirit. One cannot forgive with all of his heart without the help of the Holy Spirit.
You know it is not comfortable to confess your sin to someone else? I am sure you know that too. However, according to the Word of God, it will bring lots of healing to your life. James 5:16 (NIV)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
3. Moving out of our comfort zone will help us know God better.
Like I shared in my testimony about my trip to Israel in 2013 when I did move out of my comfort zone I did experience God in a new and more profound way.
Right now let’s ask for grace and for the help of the Holy Spirit to do the actions we know we have to do in our marriages, families, finances, health, calling or in any other area of our life, we sense God is speaking. And then let’s act!
To walk by faith out of the comfort zone is not easy. I know that. However, if we do not step out of it now…then when? Moving out of our comfort zone is crucial for our life.
Step out of your comfort zone and write a comment. However, feel free not to write. I will be honored to read it, and I am interested in it.