A lot of people talk about stepping outside of their comfort zone. A lot of people never do.
Talk is cheap when it comes to changing things in your life. And if you want things to change in your life, you’re going to have to step outside of your comfort zone. I don’t mean you have to strap on a parachute and jump out of a plane on a whim. Stepping outside of your comfort zone means something different to all of us. But when you do it, it may just change your life.
So you ask, why would I ever need to step outside of my comfort zone? I like it right here. And there’s your problem. We get so content with our lives, our sins, our day to day actions and the same toxic people and bad situations and decisions that we’re used to. We shouldn’t be used to it! If you want things to change in your life, first you have to realize that there’s a problem with where you’re at right now. Are you in a bad relationship that’s going nowhere? Are your friends a not-so-good influence on you? Are your relationships with people you love broken and confusing? Are you lonely, bored, unsatisfied, stressed, confused, heartbroken? Then it’s time to make a change. And change requires action.
Before you make a move on a whim, sit down and talk to God about your situation. What is His purpose for this? What does He want you to do in this? What is He trying to teach you? Ask Him to grant you confidence, wisdom and kindness.
Taking the first step is the hardest. It might mean that you have to bring up something in conversation that makes you feel uncomfortable, stand up to someone, walk away from something, walk towards a new situation, introduce yourself, apologize to someone, tell someone how you feel about them – anything! Big or small, stepping out of your comfort zone in any way is downright scary.
But here’s the thing. You have nothing to be afraid of. I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking – yes, I do, I’ve never been more scared, and I can’t stop thinking about this, and it’s gnawing and me and I just can’t bring myself to move. I’m scared.
Think about who is on your side though. Think about who is at your side right now. The God of all things! The God who created you, who sent His Son to die for you, who loves you more than you can even possibly imagine. Do you think He would ever put you in a situation that you couldn’t handle? No! That’s why you’re in this situation! Think of who you’re dealing with – people! And who’s on your side – God! Just take a look at Psalm 118:6: “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Nothing!
And if you find yourself about to turn back, think of it this way. There’s a quote from the movie We Bought A Zoo that really resonates with me when it comes to stepping outside of my comfort zone: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”