Outside My Comfort Zone

“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

Who wants to be a caterpillar? What about a butterfly? Perhaps none of us raised our hand to be a caterpillar. Why? Our sight is focused on an ugly worm making it difficult to see the transformation to a beautiful butterfly, with an array of colorful wings, flying into new territories.

The image below was posted on Facebook by my sister-in-Christ, Teen. Her image prompt me to write this impromptu blog encouraging others to step out of comfort zones, and not allow anyone, or anything, to hinder us from following our dreams, and living a life in the arms of our Lord, as He, no one else, deem for us!

Goldent Rules of Life

When I was younger, I had a low self-esteem due to past situations causing me to suffer from a lack of self-confidence. It was difficult to vision my own story being so engrossed with how others defined me, or their expectations of how I should live. “If we don’t let the past die, we cannot live in the present.” Author Unknown

By the grace of God, I was removed from situations that distant me from those who lives did 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 and glory. Instead, we continue giving others permission to write the end of our story within parameters of 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)

As a Christian blogger, from a spiritual perspective in a previous blog, I parallel diamonds formation and qualities to lives of Christians, particularly women. We, too, can become diamonds and butterflies outside of our comfort zones even under extreme pressure. We have embedded qualities awaiting to be mind, cut, and polish to transform us to explore new territories.

I know it is often difficult to deviate from comfort zones. However, it is imperative that we know our self-worth to remove barriers, people and things, that hinder us from transforming to the end of our journey that has already been approved by the Lord. (Judges 18:6)

Conclusion: The difficult change for me stepping outside my comfort zone to blog has definitely made me feel like a beautiful butterfly, with an array of colorful wings, flying into new territories giving God all the praise and glory.

What about you?

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Author:

Christian Blogger, Wife of Minister Felton D. Woods, Mother and Grandmother

79 thoughts on “Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Great read! Each one of us has our own boundaries that delineate our comfort zone, I believe that there isn’t a one-size-fit-all comfort zone model, but what people must know is that all the comfort zon is concerned with is keeping you inside of it! I wrote an article on this subject titled ‘Want an adventure? Break free from your comfort zone’ – https://authorjoannereed.net/want-an-adventure-break-free-from-your-comfort-zone/. Fee free to check it out!

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  2. Wonderful post! When I worked in sales, this was told to us a lot. And when I started writing about bullying, it wasn’t comfortable at all because with being a survivor of bullying came a lot of shame. But with facing fear of looking weak, came strength and I’m glad I faced the fear head on! Thank you for this post!

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    1. Bullying is a topic that unfortunately is very much needed on a national level. It saddens me to hear about children committing suicide because of school bullying. I am glad you survive and is being a voice for the voiceless making others aware of its seriousness. Thank you for reading and sharing. Blessings.

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  3. Love this Tangie. So good and compliments my post today about Believe in Yourself. Great job. Thanks for this thoughtful and powerful post.

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      1. You are welcome. I am trying to establish a better schedule for reading, commenting, and posting as well. I’m hoping now that Im nearly done with coaching course that I can be more consistent with this.

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  4. What an inspiring post, sister Tangie! ♥️ These are words we all need to read and remember. Our worth isn’t tied to anyone or anything, other than Christ who died and lives again inside of us. We are never alone, never abandoned and ALWAYS loved. What a beautiful truth!

    As you said best, stepping out of our comfort zones and into what God has called us to do, brings freedom like we’ve never known before. I praise God that He is using you each day to speak life into darkened places. You’re a blessing sweet sis. ♥️

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  5. Yes, He does want us to step out of our comfort zones. Like Jesus said in the parable of the talents, The ruler gave one servant ten talents, another five, and another one. Then he instructed them to care for them while he was away. When he returned the one with ten talents had doubled the amount which he returned to the ruler. The one with five had ten, but the one who had received one talent had buried it so it would not be taken. The ruler called him a wicked servant, took the talent and gave it to the one with ten talents. This says if we use the talents (i.e. teaching, singing, painting, writing, etc.) He will help us develop those and give us more. If we do not use them for Him, He will take them away and give them to someone else. Thus, we must step out of our comfort zone, learn new skillsets and grow until the day He calls us home. We must be in a state of constant change for Him. If we are not changing, we are not just sitting still, we are going backward because the world around us is passing us by, and in the end He will too. He loves us enough to transform us into something much more beautiful than those beautiful butterflies. Why would we not embrace change for Him. Thank You for sharing! Blessings!

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      1. Awwww, it’s an honor Tangie… truly love this write up!!! It’s such a personal and special tie to my journey in life… as I try to share the same value of this as well❤️❤️🌹🌹🙏🙏 Ty for reminding me of that !! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Starting a blog and sharing the things that happened to me in my life was a huge step for me, too. I remember how scared I was to push that publish button and have never regretted it. I struggled with self-esteem my whole life and still do at times, but I hold my head up higher! In my first post, I acknowledge the Grace of God was the only reason I could think of why I survived as much as I have. xoxo

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  7. Indeed! Like Abraham Maslow said— ‘In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.’ And I believe that if God wants us to grow, He’ll make us uncomfortable! 😁

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  8. I loved the Golden Rules of Life list!! And the Bible verse (Galatians 1:10) is a daily reminder for me that as a Follower of Christ I am here to please him not people. Thank you so much for this post and yes, the only place we grow is out of our comfort zone. As Christians we know that God will be with us every step of the way and He will guide us!

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  9. Yes ma’am. Looking beyond our comfort zone helps us to achieve more. And nobody should be allowed to box us in just because they have a certain opinion of us. Each day at a time I tell myself. We have to keep the focus forward and to our reality in Christ. 😊

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  10. Great advice my friend❤ I especially like the not thinking reminder as our brain tells us so many stories based off our own experiences and can most often trap us. Staying in our hearts, leading life by how we feel is a much more loving approach for our own best interests and that of others. Heart over head always❤❤❤
    Blessings to you my dear😊🙏

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  11. Stepping out of my comfort zone was difficult but wonderful because the Lord was with me, encouraging me. What a great comparison of stepping out of your comfort zone to the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, and then soaring. 🦋

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing personal thoughts. I know the feeling, but it is not too late to to step out if you have not. I am 52, and stepped outside about three years ago, but held off to blog until June 29, 2019. Will you please keep me abreast of endeavors outside your comfort zones.

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  12. I love what you said in your conclusion about stepping outside your comfort zone to blog and feeling like a beautiful butterfly flying into new territories giving God all the praise and glory. I for one am glad that you blog and inspire others like me. God bless!

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing encouraging feedback. I especially appreciate you and others being inspired as I am inspired by you and fellow bloggers. You all have made this journey amazing.

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  13. The difficulty is that our comfort zones limit our ability to look forward and experience new things and people.
    Our comfort zones can limit our ability to live life to its fullest.
    The difficulty is that we don’t grow until we step outside of our comfort zones.
    May Our Heavenly Father continue to bless your life 🙏🤗
    Stay safe and take care of yourself and your family.

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