Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone

I have so many comfort zones.

Like the cave of my bedroom, in which I can do everything I need to: Eat, sleep, stay warm, watch TV, write, read books, and even see humans (via Skype)! I can do it all without leaving my room!

But, as amazing as my room is, I’m realizing there is something incomplete and not good about that picture..

I was made for more. I was made to go out of the cave.

The world can be scary.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have fears sometimes. I don’t like discomfort, disappointment, or conflict. Any and all of those things might happen if I leave my room. So why leave?

Growth can only happen outside the cave. That’s why.

This week major breakthroughs have been happening in my life, and they were only possible because I stepped out of the cave. I’ll just share one with you and that can serve as a metaphor for the rest. :)

I went running on Monday morning!

Getting back into running was one of my New Year’s Resolutions (same as last year.. but hey, no shame in that––you can’t give up on these things!), but I didn’t run a single time in January. It was so cold outside and sometimes it was raining, and I just never felt like doing it.

Sunday night, I decided: I am going to go running tomorrow! I’ll at least walk if nothing else!

Lo and behold, on Monday morning, getting out of bed at that hour (8:30) felt nearly impossible. I must not have gotten enough sleep. I must need more. Why else would it be so hard? But somehow I forced myself. I said, “No!” to my laziness and got up and went outside and started running.

And this amazing feeling overtook me that I hadn’t felt in so long. Strange heart palpitations, yes, but also, the exhilaration and joy of cold air waking my senses and endorphins/adrenaline pumping through my veins. It was a feeling I simply can’t get sitting in my room, lovely as my room is.

So, to take this a bit deeper, sometimes you just have to rebuke yourself.

It can be easy to get set in your ways (especially if you’re like me) and assume that you’re right about certain things (or all things). It’s easy to ignore things you should do that you just don’t want to. It can be hard to find motivation to even lift your eyes high enough to consider a different point of view than one you have always had.

But you should try it. Don’t let yourself stay where you are. From one comfort-loving person to another, I’m telling you, stepping out is worth it.

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After living in South Korea for over 7 years, Elizabeth is back in the States finding a new normal. Currently in seminary, she is enjoying unpacking questions of faith in a new context. Amidst the tension of brokenness and conviction, she continues to find grace. And above all else, she continues to pursue the God who inspires childlike wonder.

One thought on “Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone

  1. As an introvert, its always a struggle to push past my comfort zone because it isn’t easy. But as you mentioned, its so rewarding. Thank you for sharing :)

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