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…

Too Comfy?

We all have a comfort zones, the state of being where things are familiar, and we feel safe and secure.  There are times when we can be relaxed in the status of our lives and we are comfortable in not trying something new.

What about our Christian lives? What about in our ministries?

There are times when we can get too comfortable in where we are, and we can be unwilling or afraid to step out of our comfort zone.

It’s hard to step out of our comfort zones. Most of us like to have control of what’s happening to us.  But there are times as Christians when we are called to step out and trust in God.

Christ calls us at times to step out of our comfort zone and walk with Him.

Do You Need Faith to Do What You’re Doing?

Stepping out in faith means that you don’t know all that is going to happen, but you are putting your trust in the one who does.  We all know that putting our trust in Jesus is not always the comfortable way to go. The truth is that God knows what He is doing better than you know what you are doing.

There are times when God wants to stretch us in our faith and put us in situations where we totally rely on Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

What’s the Next Scary Step?

As Christians our experiences should tell us to put our faith in the infinite Creator and Savior of the universe rather than in ourselves. Are you ready to take another step in the direction of faith?

The question we all need to ask ourselves is: Is there some area in your life or ministry that God is trying to push you out of your comfort zone?

Here’s Why

So Why should we step out of our comfort zones and take risks?

1) It helps us grow.

We learn more when we take risks. Pursuing something new helps us in our overall growth and our faith in Christ increases.  Taking risk is scary, there is always the risk of failure. In failure we learn and grow.

2) We learn to trust Jesus.

In Mark 20:17-22, Jesus meets a rich young man.  This man had a comfort zone that was built on his financial resources. Jesus knew that the obstacle in this man’s life was his possessions. The Message translates the encounter this way:

Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”  This young man was seeking eternal life but would not leave his comfort zone. The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.

 

3) We see miracles.

When we step out in faith, out of our comfort zones, we see God show up and do the miraculous. I have seen God do this in my life time and time again, and I’m sure you have too.  The by-product of this is always an increase in our faith.

This year break out of your comfort zone and allow God to use you in ways that you never would imagine.

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Matt

Matt is the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has over 20 years of student ministry experience all over the country. He has 3 kids. His 2 girls are in their teen years so he has lots of opportunity to put his student ministry years to good use at home everyday. He's completing a Masters in Adolescent and Family Counseling.

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