My son, Jon, pastor of the growing Harmony Baptist Church in Avon posted a quote on Facebook from former pastor/evangelist and now motivational humorist, Jamie Ragle that caught my attention. Here’s the quote and then my take:
“A Comfort Zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” Jamie Ragle.
Jamie’s statement brought to my mind a similar one by Earl Nightingale:
“Most people are satisfied with tip-toeing safely to their grave!”
The purpose of today’s thought starter is NOT to encourage getting out of your Comfort Zone into some sort or reckless mode of living. It is designed to inspire dreams, goals, even impossible ones that you believe are something you’ve always thought would like to do. Just the other day a man who had thought about Sky Diving, now at 83, did it and with a gleam in his said,
“I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I have dreamed of parachuting since I was a child!”
Along another line a man while sitting in my office said; Pastor I am going to lose 75 pounds by April. April came and again sitting in the office he stated;
“I know I said I was going lose 75 pounds, but now that I have lost 15, I’m comfortable.”
Another poor soul wants to become an entrepreneur but keeps saying; “What if I fail?”
To leave the “comfort zone” for something does involve risk. But when you understand that the simple things in life involve risk. Do you know what the riskiest activity we all engage in daily is? Sleeping in a bed! Statistically more people die in bed than in any other event. You can’t remove risk even from sleeping!
Many of God’s people are basking in the Comfort Zone of never opening their mouth in the testimony of how God’s wonderful grace has worked in their life. This is true because they are as Twain would say; “Afeard” of offending!
A friend of mine while flying his plane to help some missionaries dealt with an engine failure and landed on an HWY near Knoxville, TN. He did many things to land safely, but do you know the ONE thing he did not do? He did not panic!
When Peter was fishing in his Comfort Zone, Jesus said:
"Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." Luke 5:4 NKJV.
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