The other side of the comfort zone


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This one is for those who have jumped, who have stepped up, out or dove right in. This is for those who saw their dream (whatever that might be) and ran toward it. This is also for the dreamers, the ones who are almost there, the ones where tomorrow will never come if you do not step out today…

It’s scary out here.

Last week we hosted Hillsong Conference Europe here in Stockholm. It was almost two months since I had see some of my beautiful friends from London and having them in my new city was incredible. However, it was also super difficult and an amazing reminder of where I was supposed to be. Having my friends here reminded me that there was a time that I didn’t have to explain myself to everyone, or try to not come across as crazy as  I really am. There was a time when I didn’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of money on an english magazine or be able to drink Starbucks whenever I wanted (instead of having to leave the country to do so)…okay, so these things aren’t all life or death but they matter to me at times. I stood in the final session on Friday night, my heart torn in what felt like 9 million pieces and while I knew I would miss everyone I also knew that there was nothing going to stop me from being exactly where I was.

How do you stay where you know you’re supposed to be, when part of your heart is somewhere else? Or maybe how do you continue along the path you started when looking back is much more like the comfy duvet you can snuggle in and chill. How do you keep going when it’s easy to just stop?

The problem is that I have come to understand that not much is done in the comfort zone. Sadly, the scariest parts of life are where we often accomplish the most. Maybe like me, you left your home. Or you decided to pursue that girl you have been dying to get to know and it’s not so easy stepping up. Perhaps you have decided to become a healthier person or even more difficult, you are tackling issue of your past that could hinder your future.

We all have our comfort zones. We all have the place where we hide. I don’t want to condemn or disregard any part of my life or yours, because for a season that place was where we had to live. I do know, from experience, that there is a time to move on and step out of the comfort zone.

And when you do jump don’t expect it to be easy…whatever “it” may be, but that’s okay because when we continue to seek God throughout all seasons of our lives, He gives us the strength, the wisdom, the comfort, the provision…

God didn’t leave the Isrealites, nor did He abandon Joseph. He did not hide from David or abandon Peter. He is always there for us, especially when we take that step of faith and get out of the boat.

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. ephesians 2:10 

I wonder what your comfort zone is? or perhaps if you, like me, have moments where you go “wouldn’t it have just been easier to stay the same?”

Maybe…but I stand firm believing that the best really is yet to come…

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