Why You Must Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

I love this amazing story

Charles Blondin was a tightrope-walker who in 1860 strung a tightrope across the Niagara Falls.  Before thousands of people he inched his way from the Canadian side of the falls to the United States side. He walked across the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!

He finally went across, pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.  When he got to one side he shouted “I am Blondin! Do you believe in me?” The crowd shouted back, “We believe! We believe! We believe!

Again, he quieted the crowd, and once more he shouted to them, “I’m going back across the tightrope, but this time I’m going to carry someone in the wheelbarrow. Do you believe I can do that?” The crowd yelled, “We believe! We believe!  He quieted them one more time, and then he said, “Who will be that person?” The crowd went dead. Nothing.

The point of the story is blatantly clear: Thousand’s people stood there that day chanting, “We believe, we believe!” but no one really believed in him and was willing to step out of their comfort zone. Here’s why you absolutely must…

3 Things to Pursue… Instead of Adventure

They weren’t Looking for adventure…

…but as they pursued these 3 things adventure found them!

Whatever it was that motivated Jesus’ disciples, I doubt it was a thirst for thrills. Peter actually told Jesus to get away from him at first. The others were called and then called others to follow him. None of them give any indication that they were adrenaline junkies looking for the “next big thing.” In fact, I think if you look at this more closely, these are the things we should be using to inspire young people instead of thrills.