Wow. That is. Scary.
If I say so myself.
Which I do.
And, I will not be talking about friendships or relationships, or anything of the kind. Between men/women, that is.
This one is another for the Christian. It’s something that, if you haven’t found out, you will soon. Or something your resisting and you just need to give in to God about.
The “Comfort Zone”… it’s the place where you feel so nice and cozy. Anything in that circle you don’t mind doing, by yourself, or in front of people. You excel. You’re good at it, or at least to the point that you don’t mind sharing it with others. Yep. The good ‘ole Comfort Zone.
It’s nice to be in the Comfort Zone. If you like helping people with stuff, it can be a lot of fun, too. You get asked to help set up some tables and chairs, and then take them down after the event. “YES!” of course you will! I mean, this is a ministry, and, not to be prideful, but you own at it. Mhm. And, above all else, you’re very comfortable with it, too.
With me so far? Thought so. If it gets confusing, just interrupt me.
But then, as our little scenario continues, you are asked to speak. Not just speak. But out loud. Yeah, and from the stage. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s to speak out loud, from the stage, in front of PEOPLE! Real. Live. Breathing. People.
Public speaking is not in your job description of YOUR branch of ministry; you help people, that’s it. Chairs, tables, trash, dishes, you name it, that’s your thing — helping. End of story. Not talking in front of people who are looking back! But, you can’t really say no. So you say yes. You don’t know what you’re going to say. You try to write out something, but you are so scared, you fumble the pencil, and don’t get beyond introducing yourself on paper.
When you get up there, you can feel their (the audience’s) eyes following you. Their gaze seems to be semi trucks bearing down all around you, crushing your “Personal Bubble” (I bet some of you know exactly what I’m talking about here). You stutter a bit when you start, but, God gives you something to say, shows you the thing from your own life, just a few weeks earlier that you need to share. And it just comes. Your heart pounds the whole time, but you tell the story, sharing what God has given you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a few hundred people, or a dozen.
You finish, and walk off stage. You have been forcibly ejected from your ever so precious Comfort Zone by an omnipotent and loving God.
When you become a Christian, you surrender you life to Him. Your WHOLE life. If Jesus isn’t Lord OF all, He isn’t Lord AT all. This means, that the thing known as a “Personal Bubble Space” doesn’t exist anymore. You have the Lord of the Universe living in your heart, and ya can’t get much more personal than that. Actually. It’s impossible to get more personal. The Bubble is gone, folks. Totally annihilated for all of eternity. Is this bad? No! This has to be the best thing ever. When that sense of “Bubble” is gone, then it can become so much easier for God to use us.
You do have a set of gifts and talents that God has bestowed upon you, but, whether you realize it or not, they are going to lead you outside of your comfort zone. I’m not saying go jump head first off the cliff, but, people, have a little faith in the God that pulled you from the mire, that He knows what He is doing with your life.
If you feel Him telling you to go and volunteer, then you better go volunteer. Because if you don’t, well… It won’t be volunteer anymore, will it? And God wants the workers willing and cheerful.
I tremble every time I sing in a group below the number of 5, at least. And solos… wow. I’m almost freaking out. I have been told by my very loving, beautiful sister, who has a simply amazing voice, that I too, am a good singer, and, sometimes, I sing a special. A few times, I have been told that it really spoke to someone’s heart. And, all that nervous feeling I had, on the verge of getting sick, the butterflies; it all became worth it.
You may not realize it at the time, but when God pushes you out of your comfort zone, he has something special in mind. It may be for you, or for ministering to someone else, one person or many. But it’s not just to be mean, and make you uncomfortable.
It’s all for His glory. And think of what glory it brings, when someone who is a nervous wreck, can stand up, as calm as they are able, and declare what God has done for them.
As a Christian, you are gonna be out of that comfort zone. That bubble space is gone now. It’s time to surrender, and let the Lord use you how He will, for His glory. The blessings will be so much more. The joy that comes with serving the Lord, inside, or outside, of your comfort zone is so great, yet, at times, we complain about having to speak in front of a group.
When will we wake up and remember? “…For ye are not your own, For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor 6:19b-20)
God bless you all,
(Dani. I told you I would mention you in this post. And I did.)