Did you know that you have a comfort zone? No it is not a part of your body or a good pitch in baseball. A comfort zone is an area we retreat to every day because we are familiar with the surroundings there and know that as long as we stay there we will never be asked to do anything that may cause us to come out our comfort zone. Another name for our comfort zone is a rut, or place we sometimes find ourselves stuck.
Humans by nature do not like to do things that we have not done often enough to be familiar with and to even think about going outside this comfort zone causes us to become fearful. You know what I talking about if not think about this for a few minutes. Think of something that you would say these words about ď I would never do that because I do not know how to do itĒ. Now go out and do it.
Got you! Did you feel your heart start to race and you palms start to sweat and you felt like going and hiding somewhere or getting in your car and driving as far away as possible so you didnít have to do it? This is comfortzoneaphobia. No, it is not a real disease I just made it up, but the technical and clinical term for what you just went though is anxiety.
Now take a few minutes to catch your breath because you donít really have to go out and do something you donít what to do. That is unless you feel like doing it and that would be great because you would be getting out of your comfort zone. Well anyway I apologize for making you nervous about going outside your comfort zone though I want to encourage you if what you were thinking of doing was not something that if you did it would get you into trouble go ahead and try it sometime. Hey, at least it will help you see and live life outside your comfort zone.
In fact I have been told that when I get unstuck from this rut I am in I may even find a little adventure, excitement and if I am not careful satisfaction in knowing that I even ventured outside the walls of my comfort zone.
Sorry for that digression now letís go back to the original idea: how did it make you feel to be asked to go outside your comfort zone? Not very good I take it. It is sad to say that some people get so caught in their comfort zone that they donít even realize that they are stuck there. This is why it is important to get outside your comfort zone because either you face your fears and get over them or they face you and take control.
The people who seem to be very comfortable just relaxing in their comfort zone are the ones who have in fact already given up in their minds and have delegated themselves to life inside the invisible walls of their comfort zone. These are the people who go through life saying I canít do it, when they never try to do it in the first place.
We are so good at living inside our invisible walls; those barriers that that we put that not even a laser guided missile could penetrate all in order to remain in our comfort zone. Of course there are those times when we do try to venture near those invisible walls.
But once we get to close to the invisible walls our primary fears kick in and once again we feel fear, anxiety, guilt, unworthiness, anger at ourselves and maybe even a little excitement so we back away from the walls until once again we feel safe and comfortable.
Donít feel that just because you are a Christian that you are immune to living inside a comfort zone, you are not, because even us Christians get and stay inside our own comfort zones. Of course every once in awhile we may challenge ourselves to get out of our comfort zone in order to proclaim Christ as their savior, but if we are met with any hostilities or resistance by those we are talking to them like a turtle going into itís shell we climb back into our comfort zone and stay there for a while.
Sure one day we may even start approaching the invisible walls but the fears of rejection and alienation kick in and once again we retreat back to where we feel safe; teaching about God to Christians.
Well all I can to that is that it is time to do an extreme makeover on your comfort zone and tear down the walls and start to live the life that was intended for you. Remember if god had intended for us to stay inside all the time He would never have made doors.
Timothy, I like my rutt. Smile. It is comfortable. You are right, we are not called to be comfortable. What He calls us to do, He also equips us for the work. Sometimes we have to do things afraid. Great humor and message.
Sorry about that. Wasn't quite finished. Just wanted to say that I got the jist... about getting past the fears (comfort zones) of ministering to the lost. May the Lord empower and encourage all of us to carry the Word and His Light into the world. Though humorous, you've written a powerful word that we would do well to take heed to. Be blessed!