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OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE

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And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), take nothing for the journey, neither, staff nor bread, not money; and do not have two tunics apiece. Luke 9:3 NKJV

Have you ever been in a situation for which you feel totally unprepared? How about a moment when the spotlight of life is shining bright in you? Do you turn lemons into lemonade or do you shy away from the moment because you feel out of your comfort zone?  After I retired as an engineer my friend Nick invited me to become a discipler in the Spiritual Training Program at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. In so doing I encountered three major challenges which were out of my comfort zone. 

The first challenge was with homeless people who were in bondage to addiction. I had never been there, so how could I relate to them? I worked with them in a Spiritual Training Program and others worked with them on their drug or alcohol problems. As I became better acquainted with the men I discipled our friendship deepened and communication improved. I guided 16 men through the program by God’s power, but not all the men were willing to give up their addictions.

The second challenge was that no simple Bible-based program existed at the Rescue Mission which I felt comfortable teaching. So working with the Director of the Mission, we developed one with Bible passage summaries, diagrams, and application questions based on the Gospel of John which has since been widely used there. 

The third source of discomfort occurred when I was recognized for my efforts at an annual Rescue Mission Banquet. The Director asked me to give an impromptu speech before an audience with distinguished guests without any advanced notice. I simply shared my testimony and what God had enabled me to do. 

I remembered Jesus sent out His disciples without extensive provisions or clothing; they depended on those to whom they ministered (See Luke 9:3). I then praised God for bringing me through experiences that took me out of my comfort zone. 

No prior experience, no lesson plan,

No notice to speak, I’m an uncomfortable man.

Like disciples of old who were sent out to share,

God showed us all He really does care.

God takes us out of our comfort zone to show us He really does care.

QUESTION

When have you been removed from your comfort zone?