One September Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Comfort Zone

Smiling, yet not saying any thing to someone I pass. Talking is such an effort sometimes!

Knowing someone is struggling with loneliness, and praying for them. That's enough, right?
Letting someone else be the one to put the grocery cart away in the parking lot.

Making a single batch of cookies or muffins,( not double,) because - hey - it is a miracle I have time for MY family. Right?

Sending a card to someone in the hospital. They are probably getting too many visitors as it is.
( And what about that GERM thing!?)

Spending some time on the phone with someone that really needs to talk is too hard- look around,, life is swirling around me!
Another mom is having a hard time - do I really have time to make her a meal, and stop to talk?

Going out of the way to stop and get my husband his special coffee - no... he knows how busy I am ,, (and that the baby is crying in the backseat. )

Does any of this sound familiar to you?
I am constantly challenged to get out of my COMFORT ZONE. We all have them. And in a lot of different ways.

We were created not for ourselves. Not for our own glory or self-satisfaction.
When did we start thinking that way? It is amazing to me when I sit back and realize just how quickly I have fallen back into that self-induced comfort zone.
Shame on me.
Yes, it is easier for me to just share a smile ( and for some of us, even that is hard!),,,, rather than take a minute to care about the other person. Who knows why God had your paths cross that minute... maybe they need you to show them a bit of friendliness?

Making a meal, muffins, or cookies,,, make a double batch! Take them to a neighbor, or a friend that you know in your heart is struggling. I often will pray and ask the Lord to lay someone upon my heart that could use encouraging. Be prepared - there are many!!

Sending a card to someone spontaneously is a true gift. WHO doesn't like friendly mail? Those colored envelopes that bring cheer, rather than bills, or news of doom?!

Ever visit someone in the hospital. Ignore that fallacy that they are getting too many visitors. Most times this is very untrue. The hospital is a very lonely, depressing place, and not conducive to true healing. That comes from within - give that gift to others regularly.

This comfort zone thing can get kind down right UNCOMFORTABLE thinking about can't it?

Picture this - A mom of nine children locked in the bathroom, or sitting on a bundled pack of paper towels from SAMS, hiding in the pantry,,, trying to find a quiet place to talk on the phone to someone who really needs to talk! Yep- This is not comfortable- life is swirling around me,, but there are certain phone calls that you just don't ignore for the sake of convenience. Be there for someone this week - all they may need is to talk.

Going out of the way at Church/ or the Office to talk to someone new? Phssawww! This is a hard one for some. I know. Try it,, introduce yourself, and let them know that you just wanted to say hi, and that it was nice to see them. This is not artificial - this is a genuine act of selflessness!

My comfort zone is always changing. I am always challenged. Isn't that what growing is about?

Some things are easier for some than others. Find your comfort zone this week, and step out of it.

Step out far. And don't go back.
We reap what we sow.
Galatians 6: 9 & 10 -

"And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
Take a minute and enjoy the comfort of this quiet place.



6 Comments:

  • At June 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM , Blogger Drahdrah said...

    What a wonderful post. So so so true. Sometimes, even when you think you've given all you can, there is a little more you can do that can make a huge difference. I think true happiness lies in service to others. I'm not even close to it, but getting closer every day.

     
  • At June 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Linda said...

    September, this is such a good post. We all need to be reminded to let God touch other people's lives through us.

    I know I need to leave my "comfort zone" more often.

    Blessings!
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

     
  • At June 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Excellent observation. I myself was on the side of needing someone to reach out a few months back. Unfortunately, no one did. From that I have learned as you have said,"We need to step out of our comfort zone to comfort someone else".
    Thanks for your observations and challange.
    Laura

     
  • At July 1, 2009 at 1:37 AM , Blogger Lynnette Kraft said...

    I'm so sorry you have a problem with this. I'll pray for you. I feel sorry for people who struggle in this way - I just don't get it!







    hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee...

    I was just playing your game. :)

    Yes, I DO understand and HATE that I miss the mark so often. I've been trying to do this more often and am always so blessed when I listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

    Thanks for this post September.
    Love,
    Lynnette

     
  • At July 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM , Anonymous Erica said...

    " Kindness matters!" It appears more today than ever. Yet we are so caught up in our day to day routines, lists we create for ourselves, money worries etc. to make just a small effort to show someone else the goodness in our heart. You are inspiring!
    I received a lovely plate with 2 fresh pumpkin muffins yesterday afternoon, knowing that Rob would be at the shop with me today I saved them to share with him! What a special treat. How kind and how wonderful that I have friends like you in my life!
    You may not realize this but you scatter kindness all the time in everything you do, as do each of your children.
    Thank you for being you!
    Erica

     
  • At July 10, 2009 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Angela said...

    Very encouraging--especially since my life if swirling about me now! May I not allow my busyness to order my day!

     

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