Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 2: Your Comfort Zone


I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’ Job 7:13 NLT

Yesterday was the first day of Lent and I wasn't sure what I wanted to give up or sacrifice in my life because Jesus sacrificed for my sins, then I ran across a Facebook post with a link to Pastor Phil Ressler's 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List. The list is nontraditional things to give up during the 40 day period of Lent and number # 2 on the list is Your Comfort Zone.

"Your Comfort Zone – It’s outside our comfort zones where new discoveries are made."

Today is the second day of Lent and I am giving up my comfort zone.  When my daughter passed away almost two years ago, I wrapped myself in a cocoon of comfort. I created a comfort zone and retreated to my bedroom and within myself. I was at a point in my life where nothing could comfort me except the safety of my bedroom. I didn't want to be around people, I only wanted to hide under the covers and never come out.

Most of us are guilty of wrapping ourselves in a cocoon of comfort. Why do we create comfort zones? There is no right or wrong answer, but what we do to break out of our comfort zone determines how we live.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NIV

We all have a comfort zone where we retreat and won't let anyone in. Although my comfort zone is no longer my bedroom, I still have one. It has become a crutch and instead of relying on God to be my staff in difficult times, I wrap myself in a cocoon of comfort inside my office. Instead of breaking away from my comfort zone after my daughter's death, I created another one.

For Lent, I have to give up my comfort zone and discover who I really am. I have to allow peace and joy inside my heart and soul. I cannot stay inside the warmth of my cocoon any longer or I will not grow.

Are you living inside a comfort zone? It is time to step outside and discover a new you. Break out of your cocoon and live.





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