When Rev. David asked if I would write a few devotionals, my exact words to him were, “Uugghhh, I’m not very good at that!”
Years ago, when I was asked to be an Elder, my answer was, “I’m honored to be considered, thank you, but no.”
In high school speech class, or in English, I would actually take an F, rather than get up and speak in front of my class.
It was not just nervousness that overcame me; I was terrified! I was very shy growing up and never felt … quite good enough.
Stepping out of my comfort zone was definitely not my forte, nor was it in my plans. I would be happy and content sitting back and observing, in my own little stress-free bubble.
As humans, we’re wired to seek out comfort. It’s a place where stress and anxiety are minimal and we know what’s coming next.
There’s nothing wrong with being in your comfort zone — unless you get too comfortable and start holding yourself back.
Stepping outside of that, and being uncomfortable, challenges us to do things we never thought we could.
One of the phrases that kept going through my head when asked to do something for my church was, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
I relied on that because I certainly didn’t think of myself as qualified! But I knew that with God’s guidance and grace, I stood a chance. God uses the broken and the unqualified and equips them.
I ended up accepting the Elder position after seeing a picture of a small circle and inside the circle were the words, “Your comfort zone.” There was a much larger circle above it that said, “Where the magic happens.”
Even though it terrified me, I wanted to jump out of that small circle I had grown so used to. I wanted to be where the magic was! Because that’s where God was!
The more you focus on your fears, the less you focus on God. The more you focus on God, the less you focus on your fears!
There are many ways to step out of that circle and reach people. To some, it might be telling someone that Jesus loves them. Or it might be making a call to check on someone to see how they’re doing. Everyone’s faith walk and journey is different, and God guides each person individually. He invites us to be a part of the process, the answered prayers, the painful times, and yes … the magic!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1: 9
Offered by Pam Comeaux
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