I don’t know about you, but I’ve often felt pressure to step out of what is comfortable,
‘to do the right thing – even when it’s hard.’
Keep pushing through comfort
To achieve the dream,
to get the reward,
and all of that.
I still think those ideas are neat. I still hold them as values.
It’s ideas like these that give us ambition, drive, progress.
But. I’ve also got a hang up about them.
Because it only makes sense to step out of your comfort zone when you have a comfort zone to step out of.
And even more so, you’ve got to really know what comfort means for you.
So often I’ve tried to fit within someone else’s idea of where I should be, what I should be striving for.
While giving no weight, no honour
To where I am at, to who I am,
That is the place I will all too quickly disregard.
Can you relate?
And it’s enticing because often someone else’s vision for me might exceed the reality of my own,
But I sense there’s a challenge embedded within the call of our next step – to first step back into our own shoes, to check it out with the feet inside first.
Are they comfortable enough to now take this plunge? Can they withstand, moreover, do they actually want the journey being proposed? Or does the end idea of it just look impressive?
Are the feet inside your shoes dreaming of the same end point? Or perhaps actually, something different?
If so – are you willing to listen? To be ok with a little step, rather than a grand one? Are you ok to stop for a moment so as to honour your voice and the new path you might be about to lead?
I think when we consider our next move, we have to stop and really feel where we are standing now in order to consider what next step is the appropriate one to take.
Without being so easily blinded or overrun by someone else’s call or vision for how it should be.
We have to stop and consider where we stand and what that feels like, to be able to then consider what is actually within our power and will, to push through right now.
Someone else can’t see or feel what it’s like to be you, here, now.
As much as they may have ideas, they won’t ever know it in full.
So next time you feel pressure, rather than a natural desire to
“step out of your comfort zone”
Listen to that –
Maybe this isn’t the comfort zone you want to step out of.
Step out in ways you can manage.
Don’t worry if it’s slow. Or if the steps are small.
The grand may not be so far off,
the more you are able to listen to the person who’s actually walking this journey –
(that is – you),
You just might find that within you is the most sustainable source of progress;
one that wills you to walk
without quickly crumbling;
without too soon breaking;
to hold weight,
without being so easily crushed.
It might be slow,
It might even mean stepping out of the stage light for awhile,
But I think,
Slow and steady just might be
what eventually wins
this kind of race.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3:12-14 MSG