Do Hard Things: Outside the Comfort Zone
Brett Harris tells a story about going from taking baths to showers when he was eight
years old. When his parents instructed him to start taking showers, he threw a fit. The
showerhead looking down at Brett and the water hitting his eyes, nose and ears was the
reason why he did not want to take showers. However, the funny thing that Brett admits from this occasion was, he took a shower the next day, not thinking twice about it. What seemed impossible to Brett became enjoyable to his everyday routine. This story leads to the question: What are some things that are outside your comfort zone? Whatever it may be, did you know that
our comfort zones are built out of fear—fear of weakness, discomfort, failure, humiliation? Another question then must be asked: Can we live by fear and faith at the same time? Those individuals in Hebrews 11 could not live by fear, but by faith, in order to accomplish the big, hard things for God (Heb. 11:6). In addition to that, “Fears are usually just well-concealed”
(Harris, pg. 69). How do we step outside of our comfort zones in order to break our fears?
First, God must be allowed to wor k thr ough our weaknesses. In Galatians 4:14-15, Paul stated he had a bodily condition. This health problem he had might have involved his eyes (vs. 15). Perhaps this was Paul’s “thorn of the flesh” from 2 Corinthians 12:9-12. Whatever pr oblem Paul had, he did not let this weakness stop him from planting churches and sharing
the good news while on his missionary journeys. If we let our weaknesses stop us from accomplishing God’s big plans, we are saying He does not have enough power to help us do what we cannot comfortably do on our own (Harris, pg. 71). God wants to use everyone, especially when things are out of place.
Second, we must act despite our fear s. If we continue to fear , we will never try at all. We are sitting there in our fence of fear. When we do this, how long will we wait to stop feeling afraid? We will always be in our comfort zones until we refuse to let fear control our actions, for this is true
courage (Harris, pg. 77). The people in Matthew 6, who worried about food, clothing, and shelter in Matthew 6, showed distrust in God, though they controlled these things. We overcome our fears by accepting who we are (Matthew 6:26), attain more faith (Matthew 6:30), and taking one day at a time (Matthew 6:34). Once we take the hard step of getting out of our comfort zone with the help of God—and keep going forward—we will never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God (Harris, pg. 84).
-Remy Afre October 17,2021