Yep, Is It Time to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone?
(ThyBlackMan.com) I have been pondering a major decision that would take me out of my comfort zone. I’ve prayed about it and listened for God’s guidance. In the process, one of the things I’ve noticed is how easy it is for the noise of one’s emotions to interfere with hearing that divine inner voice that always provides the wisest answer. Indeed there is a difference between emotionally-guided decisions and spiritually-guided ones, but have you noticed that it can sometimes be challenging to discern the difference?
It is essential not to allow doubt, anxiety or worry to keep you from stepping out of your comfort zone in divine timing. As I felt some anxiety creeping in about our decision, this scripture came to mind:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God …” – Philippians 4:6
As I followed each action the scripture advises, I felt the fear dissipate and peace permeate my spirit. Consider an area of your life in which fear, doubt, worry or anxiety are interfering with your ability to take action or make a decision that will take you beyond your comfort zone. Then follow the three simple steps advised in Philippians 4:6:
1. Pray. (“…but in everything by prayer and supplication…”)
2. Make a gratitude list. (“…with thanksgiving…”)
3. Make a list of your requests and ask God to meet them. (…”let your requests be made known to God…” )
When it is time to step out of your comfort zone, it is normal to feel fear. If there is no fear, it often means you are still in your comfort zone! The key is to remember that your comfort zone is about certainty and familiarity. Even when something isn’t working in your life, you can sometimes prefer it because it is familiar and you know what to expect. But keep in mind that your current comfort zone was once unfamiliar, too. It was something new – a “discomfort zone.” Trust that as you step up to the next level, it won’t be new and unfamiliar forever. It, too, will become a comfort zone. Be willing to endure the process and you’ll see the desires of your heart consistently come to life.