Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zone

I have heard it said, “He who aims at nothing will hit it.” How true that is! This quote lead me to what I wanted to talk about in this blog, stepping out of our comfort zone for the cause of Christ.

Growing up, I remember I used to get that dreaded mark on my report card, “needs to control talking.” That was in kindergarten and evidently I could not be quiet. The older I got though, the more shy I became. Call it shyness, no confidence, whatever it was, I never would have been a good spokesperson. When I was going to Roane State, I had to take a public speaking course. The thought of speaking in front of people scared me to death. I just was not the public speaking type. I remember my whole body shook from nervousness, my voice sounded different and I was sweating. Needless to say, I was uncomfortable. The less I had to say the better I felt. Admit it, we like to be comfortable.

Fast forward a bit. About 10 years ago, my husband Chris took his first minister job at a very small congregation of about 25 people. They didn’t have children that regularly attended there. One day we had some visitors and the kids needed a teacher. They asked me and of course I said yes, reluctantly, but I said yes. I had no idea what to do. We got in class and I just started from the beginning in Genesis. I felt relived after that class was over. But those two kids started coming regularly and I became their Sunday school teacher. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was being led outside my comfort zone.

We moved on to a congregation that was closer to home and that had some children. I taught a kids class and loved it. I was learning so much myself teaching these kids. I felt my confidence and my love for teaching growing. About a year and a half later, I went way out of my element and started teaching the ladies class. I found myself loving to speak in front of people especially about God and His Word.

We are currently at a congregation that I pray we stay at forever. The combined knowledge in this congregation is amazing. The zeal for God’s truth is just humbling and exciting. I started teaching some kids classes, then I was asked to teach the ladies class on Sunday afternoons. I have to say I was so excited, yet so scared. These women knew so much and I thought, “what can I bring to the table?” These women should be teaching me, and of course, they do every time I am around them.

Well two years later I am still teaching our ladies class. It has been the best experience and I pray it will continue to be. I am also going to be taking on a college age girls class in a couple weeks on Sunday mornings. I am very excited about it.

If you were to ask me 10 years ago, if I would be teaching so much, I would say probably not.But I love studying the Bible and dissecting each verse and teaching others. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” For me, I am glad God led me outside of my comfort zone. If we continue to stay in our comfort zone it can hold us back from God’s best. Step out in faith, step out in love, and step out for the cause of Christ.

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