It’s Saturday morning and each week this day approaches I get excited thinking (more like hoping) I’ll get to sleep in. Well, as a mother to three small children that is rarely the case. So, I’m in the kitchen listening to the radio (Christian music station) and the DJ’s are talking about dating. I’m sure most of you are thinking, “Where is she going with this.. she is and has been married for the last 7 years.” Go with me here.
They are talking about dating. Listeners are calling in and talking about how they met their spouse or still looking for one… some are even admitting to what is working and what is not. I heard either the caller or the DJ (couldn’t here which one b/c dishwasher was going, baby was screaming, coffee pot was brewing, and children are enjoying a food fight of fruit loops) says, “What makes you go outside your comfort zone?” Don’t you think (my words) God wants you to travel OUTSIDE your comfort zone to meet people? You have to give God more of yourself in order for him to work more accurately on you. What tells you to strike up a conversation with the person behind you in the grocery store line? What tells you to help a woman that is struggling to get her stroller in the very narrow door at the bookstore? What tells you to reach out to other people without thinking of your shyness or insecurities? The Holy Spirit
So, my thoughts are spinning (or is it my 3rd cup of coffee?) and I start thinking about how I usually go outside my zone of comfort. Do I? I can’t relate to dating b/c I haven’t dated in over 7 years, BUT it pertains to alot of different areas of my life. One that comes to mind is ministry. I’ve felt like (within the last year) God has called me into ministry. I keep denying it b/c my “old self” keeps telling me, “You’re not ready. You don’t have the Bible Knowledge. You haven’t been a Christian long enough. You haven’t gone to church long enough.” Not only that I keep telling myself, “I have 3 children under the age of 5… how do I even fathom having the time to serve?” What would I do? What do I have the heart to do? All questions that probably won’t go away any time soon, BUT the reason being….. I’m not giving God enough room to work inside of me. I’m not giving God MY part. A good friend of ours has said numerous times that a lesson he has learned is– You must die to self. You’re not living for you and your life. It’s all God’s….. die to self and let him take over.
Two things I do now that I didn’t do before are Praying out loud in a group (deathly afraid to do it for fear of sounding like a stammering fool) and rockin’ out during worship.. hands held high bouncing to the beat. I’ve since gotten comfortable with both and it comes natural. I enjoy it. So, what stops you from reaching out of your comfort zone? What are you having difficulty doing for fear of feeling uncomfortable?
Will you talk to a stranger in line behind you?
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