I seem to be running into the same theme lately, and that would be; stepping out of one's comfort zone. This is actually something I think of often since I feel like God constantly gives me opportunities to step out of my comfort zone as He wants to stretch me and my self-given capacities.
Such opportunities have not alway been obvious to me. It had been real easy to walk right on by and not given the situation a second thought. But once I changed my mind set and started listening to God's prompting, those opportunities became so obvious that there was no way I could ignore them.
This doesn't mean that I always jump in with both feet. I'm real good at rationalizing why I can't do something or why I shouldn't get involved. But I'm getting better and to be honest, the more I venture out of that rather small area of comfort, the bigger my zone gets and it becomes easier and more rewarding.
Rewards? That actually has become one of the clear reasons God has shown me for stepping out and doing something that I wouldn't normally have thought to do. And the biggest reward, for me, is that of blessing someone in a real and tangible way. Most of the time, I end up being the one that is blessed.
In my prayer group today, we discussed this subject in great length. We were challenged by the following questions.
::> How often do I sacrifice my own agenda? or How Much do I inconvenience myself for another?
::> What do I do to bless someone else without looking for credit?
::> How often do I pick right over easy?
::> How can I determine to change my habits?
If you feel inclined, challenge yourself to answer and reflect on these and then find a way to make that first step out of your comfort zone. Be a blessing and be blessed.