HOW TO BECOME COMFORTABLY UNCOMFORTABLE:
step 1 (optional): go to a foreign country knowing no one
step 2: hang out with everyone and anyone every chance you get
step 3: force them to love you using your wit and your unique style
step 4 *the only important one*: pray to Jesus and be obedient to whatever he says
I’ve begun to realize more and more in life that the more I step out of my little bubble of comfort, the more exciting life becomes. Its like the movies. Nobody cares about the ones like Elizabeth Town (I admit I never got more than 10 minutes into it) because there is NO action. It is also why everyone likes The Avengers (I finally watched it slash I LOVED it!) Heros fighting for the people, fighting to stay alive! Even the potential sacrifice of Iron Man’s life to shut the portal that was bringing all of the monsters into the world, its pure entertainment.
I need this action in my life. I realized that is the reason life was getting so stale before I came here. I wasn’t fighting hard for the Kingdom to come, I wasn’t praying with desperation for people who’s countries were getting destroyed by earthquakes and fires. I was coasting.
Lately I have been forcing myself out of my comfort zone, in talking to people, in praying for people and getting words of encouragement for them (its cool how when you just start praying for people these things just come!)
At youth street on saturday struck up a convo with one of the crew about self worth which was the topic of the night. The challenge was to go home and write 10 things you like about yourself on a piece of paper and say them to yourself in the mirror every morning. I asked him if he was going to do it. He said he doubted it because he couldn’t even think of 2 things that he likes about himself. He said he didn’t think that even Jesus liked him because of all the crap that was going on at home. It broke my heart. I asked if I could pray for him and he let me. I prayed for him to realize that Jesus doesn’t just like him, He loves him. He made him unique and gave him talents and the gift of encouragement and a great smile (he’s constantly smiling) and that Jesus died because his life was worth it. After praying I asked him if he would do the challenge and he said he would!
Getting out of your comfort zone is worth it.
Here’s another out-of-my-comfort-zone experience, I tried surfing in these crazy Australian waves!
I was bobbing out there alone and shivering…
waiting on my wave…
closing my eyes to the fin of death circling around me…
Ok that was kind of a lie, I was actually with Leah there wasn’t a shark, only friendly surfers who were trying to give us helpful tips. I start paddling to catch a wave but my measly little board (yes I’m blaming the board!) went tumbling and so did I. I lost a contact. I haven’t tried surfing again.
Anyways, I was praying for my school I’m staffing in January and God made me really excited! I already LOVE the students coming and God is preparing me to be a warrior like Fiona in Shrek the Third (I also got this prophesied over me about a year ago) and fight for the freedom and lives of these students! I want them to experience even more than I did on my DTS. God has given me a testimony (Revelation 12:11), his limitless spirit (John 3:34b) strength when I am weak (2 Corinthians 12:9) and heavy armor (Ephesians 6:10-18). With these things I will lead. With these things I will be victorious!