“Real change is difficult at the beginning, but gorgeous at the end. Change begins the moment you get the courage and step outside your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Today’s topic discusses the beautiful end result when removed from comfort zones. For example, a caterpillar is the beginning of transforming into the end result of a beautiful butterfly with an array of colors. After a caterpillar has gone through its transformation, its beautiful wings are used to carry her into new territories. We should expect the same beautiful end for our self. In a previous blog, I paralleled diamonds’ formation and qualities to lives of Christian women. Like diamonds and butterflies, we too have embedded within us qualities awaiting to be minded, cut, polished and transformed under extreme pressure.
Oftentimes, we fail to vision our own story due to being engrossed with how others define us, or their expectation of us. When this happens, we allow them to minimize the end of our story. This also removes the Holy Spirit’s authority to guide us to a spiritual awakening. We cannot remain within the parameters of fear, failing and friends seeking their approval. “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” –Galatians 1:10.
Based on my personal experience, it was beneficial to distance myself from those who lives do not coincide with my transformation in the Lord. If we refuse to come from among them, we are not yet ready to be used for His purpose. Nor can we stay within comfort zones and expect to Holy Spirit to lead us in fulfilling a greater spiritual purpose.
Our sense of worthiness gives us courage to live inside our story as led by the Holy Spirit; therefore, we must not allow others expectations to govern our lives. I understand it is often difficult to veer from comfort zones. However, it is imperative that we know our self-worth and remove barriers which prevent us from getting out of comfort zones. Following is an example of breaking free of my comfort zone after living in Montgomery, Alabama for 40 years. In 2008, we relocated to Gainesville, Florida, for a new beginning. I left everything and everyone I knew: my family, friends, co-workers of twenty-two years, church members, acquaintances and environment. The transition was very difficult the first two years. I was perhaps the most miserable stranger in Gainesville as my mind was fixated on returning to Montgomery. But God…
Do not be afraid to challenge yourself and transform your mind to live out of your comfort zone. However, not all comfort zones are bad. For example, my current job is a good comfort zone because it is where the Lord wants me for various reasons. I have no complaints. I am happy and I am content working with a great team of engineers.
The secular and spiritual benefits received after I stepped outside of my comfort zone are truly blessings and beyond what I could have imagined.
I encourage you to divorce your comfort zones and try new things in the Lord, you will be happy you did…