Out of Your Comfort Zone?

Are you out of your comfort zone, and maybe a little afraid?

Life can hand us some tough situations, such as a threatening illness, being caught in the middle of a, “combat zone,” dealing with a financial problem or other troubles, large or small.

Obviously, we can’t control everything going on around us. But we can control how we respond. Wouldn’t it be great to live without fear?

An amazing way to move toward fearless living is to make the choice to intentionally and deliberately respond to a situation by: 1) thanking God for his love, 2) asking for his help and 3) trusting him for the future. Then watch and see how he shows up. Psalm 55:22, Psalm 27:14

He might suddenly give you an idea of an action you can take, or give you the power and patience to wait. Just see if you receive greater courage, strength and hope as described in Psalm 31:24.

The following illustration is a decision tree starting with a trigger question in the center. It’s your choice, which path do you want to take? Click here for the pdf.

How to respond when we are out of our comfort zone or afraid. Philippians 4:6-7, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 56:11.

We don’t need to wait for a crisis or a disaster to ask for help. God is ready to walk with us through all kinds of situations, including those that seem extra extra large or extra small.

This helps me understand why Eugene Peterson interprets Jesus’ words in The Message, Matthew 5. In the first of the Beatitudes, Jesus says, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”

It’s when we are in a crisis that we have a greater tendency to give up our control and turn it over to God’s control. Then we are blessed as we see his blessing.

So, whether it’s a small annoyance like finding a parking space, or a big problem like a serious illness, you can turn it over to God and trust him for the outcome. Then watch for him to either step in and change the situation, provide you with the courage and strength to take action or the patience to remain peaceful and calm.

Asking, trusting and watching for Christ to show up in our lives in both small and big situations is an exciting way to live. He can give us the courage to face those situations that are out of our comfort zone and turn them into amazing opportunities to see him show up.

Let’s shine bright,

Dan

P.S. Please give a, “Yes,” below if you have seen Christ show up in amazing ways in your life.

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