I like my comfort zone. It’s pretty predictable, and well, comfortable. Sometimes I just want to put on my comfy pants, snuggle up under my comfy blanket and chill out with my family F.O.R.E.V.E.R. But, happy place that it is, I don’t believe my comfort zone is meant to be my permanent residence.
I also like to be in control of my time. I like to know what my day is going to look like and approximately how long it’s going to take to get every item checked off my list. Though planning and organization are good things, I know that I sometimes miss out on the more important things because I am too focused on the nonessentials.
Because I know my tendencies, and because I know I am missing out on opportunities that God is nudging me to act upon, I’ve decided to challenge myself. For the next 52 weeks, I am going to make a conscious effort to respond to those nudges which are generally either uncomfortable or inconvenient. (That’s probably why I’m pretty good at ignoring them.) Sometimes it may be as simple as following through on that recurring thought that so-and-so could use a note of encouragment or a phone call, and sometimes it may be the heart-pounding-out-of-my-chest type of nudge. Like when I knew I was supposed to make a blubbering mess of myself by standing up front at church with a dripping nose, crying eyes and a voice that sounded much like a croaking frog to thank God for healing my mother-in-law of breast cancer.
I guess I don’t know what to expect, and some weeks I may fail, but I want to work on being aware of those things I know God wants me to do. Maybe you want to join me. As I update this journey each week, please post a comment about the Uncomfortable and Inconvenient things you’ve mustered the gumption to do. Then we can be uncomfortable and inconvenienced together.