Pastor’s August Newsletter Article

Over the past few weeks I’ve been walking through the neighborhood with a few others handing out Popsicles. If you would have asked me at the beginning of the summer if this is how I would be spending my time I would have said, no.

I’m an introvert and heading out into the neighborhood to talk to people I don’t know is not on the top of my list of comfortable things to do. In other words, it’s not in my Comfort Zone at all. Talking to people I already know? No problem. Spending a quiet evening at home? I love it! Making conversation with strangers? Yikes!

But sometimes Jesus calls us to move outside what’s comfortable and familiar. He may call us to places we don’t want to go. However, when we faithfully follow him outside our Comfort Zone, some pretty amazing things happen.

Growth and learning take place outside of our Comfort Zones. Some refer to the area just outside of a Comfort Zone as the “Learning Zone.” We could also call it the Growth Zone. In order to grow, we must go where we haven’t gone before and that makes us uncomfortable. If we aren’t careful, our Comfort Zone can become a prison that keeps us from the blessings of life.

Over the past month, I have learned and grown. I have learned there are some pretty great people in Highland Village. I’ve had some fantastic conversations, hearing people’s dreams, accomplishments, and hopes. I’ve seen parents’ love for their kids. I have grown in hope and I’ve been amazed how a simple Popsicle can make a difference in someone’s life.

In John 4:35, Jesus told the disciples that the fields were ripe unto the harvest. Later, Jesus said the harvest was plentiful (Luke 10:2). People were ready. The challenge was he didn’t have workers who would go into the fields. Perhaps people in Jesus’ day were uncomfortable too. Jesus said to pray for the workers (Luke 10:2). Perhaps you are an answer to that prayer!

Jesus still calls us to move out of our Comfort Zones. He calls us to growth and learning. When we are faithful to his call, we will be amazed at what he does through us! Over the past several weeks, I’ve become more and more amazed.

Jesus is inviting you to discover the joy of moving outside of comfortable confines and move into an area of growth, learning, and miracles. If you want to embrace his call, here are some suggested steps:

  1. Listen to God through prayer and Scripture. God constantly gives us opportunities to grow. Remember, the only time we grow is when we do something outside of our Comfort Zone.
  2. Don’t go alone. Jesus doesn’t call us to be Lone Rangers. Go with a friend. Adventures are always better when you go with a group.
  3. Be open to the invitation. Don’t allow fear to keep you from the joy and excitement of a new adventure. Don’t allow your Comfort Zone to become a prison cell.

May you be one who answers God’s call!

Peace, David.