Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into God’s
I just got off of a 3 hour phone call with my sister-in-law. It was one of those phone calls where we had a heart to heart about life, God, friends, family, you name it. One of the topics that came up was being able to step outside of our comfort zones. There’s things we want to do but sometimes they scare us so much that we just don’t do them. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not you’re being called to do something. God has a funny way of putting things on our hearts. I believe it’s important to recognize and realize when it’s time to step outside of your comfort zone and into God’s.
I’m going to get really really real for a minute.
I’m an introvert. Okay, like an extra introvert.
If I have the option to stay home or go out; I’m staying home no questions asked.
I struggle with social anxiety. I’ve gotten much more comfortable in social settings the more my relationship with Christ grows, but it hasn’t always been easy for me and I still have days where I struggle. There have been times where I’ve missed out on events that I’ve really wanted to go to, but because I was worried about what I would say to people, or what people would think of me, I just wouldn’t go.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place to say no to events and stay home, but there’s also a time and a place when you need to step outside of your comfort zone and go.
Recognizing Your Comfort Zone
- Is there something that you’ve been wanting to do, but you won’t because it scares you? – Comfort Zone
- Something weighing on your heart, but you can’t seem to go through with it? – Comfort Zone
- Are you comfortable where you are in life? Comfortable being comfortable? – Comfort Zone
- Are you finding yourself relying more on yourself, and less on God? – Comfort Zone
Going back to my social anxiety story: I’ve been interested in going to small groups and women’s groups at church. I’ve felt really convicted to go, and I feel like God has been telling me “Mariah, this is a good thing. Just go.” But, because of my social anxiety, I have yet to take the plunge. I’ve gotten really comfortable with being comfortable.
If I’m being completely honest, it scares the heck out of me to go to a new place and meet new people. Why go when I could just do a similar Bible study online? I somehow convince myself that I won’t be missing out on anything, but really I’m missing out on discipleship, friendships, and learning God’s word. Ultimately, I’m missing out on God changing my heart.
What Does Scripture Say?
- 1 John 2:15-17- “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions-is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.”
- God will put a lot of things on your heart, and society (or the devil) will always find a way to tell you that you shouldn’t do it, or that you’re not good enough.
- Do things to please God, not to please the people of the world.
- Don’t let the world tell you what you should or shouldn’t do and do things for all of the right reasons, according to God’s will.
- James 1:22-25- “But be doers of the word and hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of person he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works-this person will be blessed in what he does.”
- Do the work that God has put on your heart.
- If He gives you a message that weighs on your heart, it is his will for you to act on it. If you don’t act on it, it may not change you and your heart the way God is wanting to.
- Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places to level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not abandon them.”
- God calls us to scary things, but He will not abandon us.
Taking the Step
Change doesn’t happen in comfort zones. God can only do so much in one chapter of your book. In order for change to happen, you need to turn the page to a new chapter and step into scary territory. God ultimately wants us to learn how to lean on him and trust in Him fully. If we stay where we are comfortable, how can we continue to lean on God? We have to learn to walk by faith.
- Trust in God– He will never leave you or forsake you.
- Pray- I say this all the time, but the most powerful thing you can do in life is pray. God hears you. He hears your fears, he hears your desires, and He is going to be by your side to help you.
- Just Step- God put a calling on your heart for a reason. As Christians, it’s our duty to recognize when God is working to change our hearts. Often times, the most beautiful change happens when we are most uncomfortable. So, do it. Take the step and get uncomfortable.