I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm - Psalms 55:6-8 NIV
My youngest son Connor was a part of the AAU National Club Championships in Florida this past July (man, was it hot!). He ended up placing 9th in the nation in the turbo javelin toss, one spot out of medaling (if he would have listened to me, he could have medaled, just saying). I was extremely proud of Connor and his accomplishments, but this moment almost didn't happen. Connor initially did not want to participate in track. When his older brother made the decision to start running track, Connor wanted no part of it. He was going to be happy staying in the stands with his parents and watching the entire meet. His reasoning behind this stance was that he had not ever done something like track before and he would be content operating in his comfort zone as opposed to trying a new endeavor.
There are many of us that share the same sentiment as Connor. We are content to continue operating in our comfort zone as opposed to stretching our wings and soaring to the heights that come when you tap into your God given potential. I have often wondering why in my life there have been times in my life where I just hung out in the space where I was comfortable, terrified of trying either something that was new or difficult.
How do we overcome the reluctance of moving out of our comfort zone and live the life that we are called to? It begins with knowing the source of your power and accessing it on a consistent basis. The power that I am speaking about is a relationship with Christ. That's the start of realizing your potential and living a purpose filled life. I know in theory that this sounds good, but does it really work? I look no further than myself as an example. To say that I was terrified to start this resource would be an understatement. Every time that I would start to develop the website in our home office, I came up with a number of excuses not to do it. I could always sit down to watch television or surf the internet. I would do anything in my power not to get started. It was only when I prayed (and listened!) about what it was that God wanted me to do next was I able to gather enough courage to get started. I will admit that even now, I still experience doubts when I begin writing another blog posts. Will people find value? Will the number of visitors to the site continue to increase? Am I confident enough with the content to market to others? Even when you find the courage to step out of your comfort zone, you will still experience pangs of doubt from time to time. When that happens, I return to my source of power and recharge. This source is available to all that are reading this blog. If I can do it, so can you. There are talented people that read this blog and the world is waiting and in need of the contributions that only you can provide .
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.