Get On Up ... Out Of Your Comfort Zone!

"I just don't feel comfortable doing that; it takes me out of my comfort zone."

Frankly, I'm tired of hearing this. Who decided life must fit neatly into our narrow preferences? Who determined we can remain as we are, never having to grow, change, improve, or take on new challenges? What genius first told us we shouldn't have to do anything that might stretch our abilities and grow our character?

Here's my deal: Rather than be complacent to live within carefully defined comfort zones, let's enlarge them to encompass what God asks of us.  Remember Jesus' challenge in Luke 9:23? He said "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."  Frankly, that doesn't sound all that comfortable!

Following Jesus won't allow you to stay in your comfortable, consumer-driven, pleasure-addicted comfort zone. So, rather than be complacent to live within our own comfy parameters, let's enlarge those zones to encompass all God calls us to!

I am reminded of the great pioneering missionary William Carey whose life motto was "Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God." Comfort was never the variable that mattered. His heart was focused on accomplishing great things, regardless of the cost.

Those who are out to change the world, to make a difference in the lives around them for good, will never be content to remain within the safe environs of their comfort zones. They will always be expanding them, courageously reaching out to accomplish what God asks of them. 

Let's not let our personal comfort hold us back. Let's attempt great things, even hard things, by his grace and for his glory. Let's get on up and make God's will our comfort zone.