I’ve been known in the past to have an unhealthy relationship with my comfort zone.

comfort zone :: the place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress

The interesting thing is, most of the time I don’t even realize I’m wrapped up in it… with my comfy blanket, and fluffy pillows, and a cup of hot cocoa.

I love my comfort zone.

Am I the only one?

Usually something specific happens, or God abruptly gets my attention, and I suddenly realize I’ve wallowed in my comfort zone for far too long. To the point it’s not so comfortable anymore.

And it’s time to be brave and step out of it.

5 Reasons to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

5 Reasons To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

1 – To grow

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. –Brian Tracy

Stepping out of our comfort zones may feel awkward and uncomfortable, just because it’s something new. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. We’ll grow when we take even one step out.

 

2 – To be challenged

I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do. –J.R. Martinez

Let us not be afraid of a challenge, but be willing to embrace it. When we’re challenged, we will be able to see what we are capable of as we partner with God. We’ll become stronger because of it.

 

3 – To make life interesting

Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting. –Edward Whitacre, Jr.

Comfort-zone living is safe living. Stepping out of them makes life an amazing adventure!

 

4 – To face our fears

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

When we put our faith in God, and His plans and purposes for our lives, there’s nothing we need to fear. When we allow our faith to override our fears, we can move away from what’s comfortable and into what’s best.

 

5 – To arrive at our final destination safely

Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Matthew 16:24 MSG

When we let Jesus be in the driver’s seat, He often steers us out of our comfort zones and into areas we never dreamed existed or were even possible. He knows the way home, and as we allow Him to lead, He’ll get us there safely.

 

Today is a perfect day to throw off the blanket, remove the comfy pillows, and guzzle down the hot cocoa. It’s a great day to take one step out of our comfort zones toward where God is leading us. Join me, won’t you?

Take just one step. One.

I’m cheering you on!

Julie

 

 

I’m linking this post with some of my favorite Tuesday people: Holly for #TestimonyTuesday, Crystal for #IntentionallyPursuing, and Kelly for #RaRaLinkup. You’ll be encouraged when you visit them!

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