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Out of Comfort and into Destiny

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Fear not, for I am with you
February 8, 2017 / By / , , , , , / 2 Comments

“Don’t be afraid, for am with you. 

Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. 

I will strengthen you and help you. 

I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

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Hello.  My name is Meghan, and I’m a comfort-a-holic.  Actually, since I’m about telling the truth, I’m not really a lover of comfort.  Well, at least physically, I’m not.  I LOVE (I know I overuse that word! But I do love this…) getting uncomfortable physically, pushing past my limits and achieving new ones.  Every single week I love getting out of my comfort zone physically; going beyond what I think is possible, and then feeling good about the victory of it all.  I feel like part of me is made for that challenge.  But, I admit, where I do prefer to remain in my comfort zone, well, is pretty much everywhere else BUT physically.  

I’m not so great at busting out of my comfort zone when it comes to putting myself “out there,” emotionally or relationally.  The word “vulnerable” may as well be next to “walk on shards of glass barefoot and naked in subzero weather” in the dictionary.  I care deeply about being accepted by people, and I have been terrified of being rejected in any way imaginable.  The problem with this is it holds me back from being who I am supposed to be, and I’m left craving more, and wondering, “Is this it, God?”  I know most would categorize me as a risk-taker, but in too many arenas and circumstances I find myself staying tucked into my comfort zone.

Maybe you can relate?  Maybe you’re good at taking risks emotionally, but you go to great lengths to stay comfortable physically, or relationally.  We all prefer our comfort zones in some way or another, and it’s time to be honest with ourselves.  It’s time to ask ourselves what’s on the other side of this myth called comfort.  What benefit is there really in remaining comfortable?

I often wonder what my life would be like if I made no decisions based on fear.  Think about how many decisions to we make based on our fear.  Fear of the unknown, fear of being unqualified, fear of what people may think?  How many decisions do we make based on how difficult something is going to be?  Or how many circumstances do we avoid because of perceived opposition?  (note the word perceived!)  And how many plans do we make to “pad” the unknown, creating a sense of false comfort and control.

Enter my New Year’s resolution.  I am launching an all-out assault on my comfort zone.  Have you noticed that comfort is a myth, anyway?  All I seem to gain from the comfort I create is unfulfillment, disappointment and restlessness.  This year, my goal is to do what God asks me to do with love, dependence on Him, and boldness.  I want to trust my journey with Him, and NOT make any decisions based on what people will think or how they’ll respond.  I will forge into my fears of being rejected, judged, discarded and step UP and into God’s path for me.  I would love to look back on 2017 and say my care and love of God were MUCH more important than my care of how I’m viewed/perceived, aka fear.  Does anyone else feel bullied by this war on identity?  Well here’s the thing.  No more.  We can’t live fulfilled if we are in our comfort zones.  We can only be the trailblazers we are created to be when stepping into some unknown territories.  I heard this amazing woman of God (Jenny Donnelly) say that the only comfort zone we have is in obeying God.  Isn’t that good?  He alone is our comforter.  {2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Isaiah 51:12)  Nothing we create can come close to what God can give us.  

I’ve already done a few things that I’ve been terrified to do, just to test the waters of this whole resolution thing.  And guess what?  I’m alive to type this! :)  Fear is such a liar, you guys!  I’m going to start carrying a bucket of cold water to throw in the face of fear this entire year.  My hope is that you’d take courage in knowing where God is leading you, trust in what He’s asking you to do, and DO IT.

“When you pass through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched nor will the flame burn you.”  {Isaiah 43:2} 

Doesn’t that sound packed full of adventure?  On the other side is color and vibrancy, life and satisfaction.

Just do it.  This means no more avoiding, deferring, and putting things off until you’re ready!  You may say, I don’t have fear, I just think it will be too hard, too much, or I’m too something else to step out.  Grab your bucket of cold water, and thrust its entire contents in the face of these lies and excuses.  We are all made for something OUTSIDE of comfort.

God is deeply pleased and honored when we step out of that boring boat and walk with Him (who doesn’t like the feel of cool water under their feet??), hand in hand.  Failure isn’t a real thing if we are stepping out where God is leading.  Success or failure isn’t even our destination.  It’s our growth and becoming that is in the crosshairs here.  It’s about trust and our relationship with God.  Do we trust where He’s leading us?? We absolutely cannot stay where we are to go where we need to go.  Winston Churchill said this:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

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I believe there are so many opportunities outside of our comfort zones.  I know that there are ideas, cures, inventions, new and renewed relationships, hearts healed, souls restored outside of our comfort zones.  Will you be of good courage, and step out of comfort?  Destiny awaits, dear friend.

So, what do you say?  How can you bust out of your comfort zone TODAY?  Ask God, and just do what He says.  It is exhilarating and wonderful.  We are not meant to live comfortably. I’ve said it before, but Jesus wasn’t brutally crucified on our behalf so we could be comfortable.  He paid the price so that we could be free: living, loving and being loved by the Father.  Do you remember learning how to ride a bike?  How scary was that?  But once you’re in motion, pedals a-turning, wheels spinning, and the pavement buzzing beneath you, it’s SO worth it.  (Plus we get there faster.  Most of the time, that is.)  There is a thrill in God that people try to satisfy in all sorts of ways, but it’s only found IN HIM.

It’s time to saddle up, and TRUST our good good Father, and take comfort into the alley. (I couldn’t help the boxing reference!) God has too much in store for us to settle.  He has more for us and through us than we could ever imagine, but it takes trust and faith.  Will you join me?  What He has for us is just too important!  What does that look like for you?  A few final thoughts…

-Our breakthrough starts with just a step, and it’s riiiight there on the other side of comfort.
-Our movement forward comes from mountaineering fear.
-Our promised land/destiny is found through relationship with God.
-The riverbed of life is forded on trust.
-Excellent character is forged in the fire.
-Destiny doesn’t just happen, it must be pursued.
-Our upward momentum is drafted from the lift of being one with the Father.

Love you guys!  Let me know what it was like when you trusted and moved OUT! :)  2017 is our year.

Meghan

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2 Comments

  1. Candi McKee says:

    Great article! I just happened upon your site. Thank you for writing this. I have been involved with the poor and homeless community for over 20 years. Yes, that was way out of my comfort level, but God is good, and He is my strength. He knows us better than we know ourselves. There are so many ways to get out of our comfort zone, and I pray that God will show you where He wants you. Have a great day. And thanks again for the great read!

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