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Day 19 of Lent: Comfort Zone

Posted on Wed, Mar 27, 2019

workplace-1245776_1920Many people are not comfortable working outside what they would consider their “comfort zone”. 


Most of us like to work in environments and situations we know and are familiar with. The unfamiliar is often scary and disconcerting.   Today we focus on Growth – getting outside your comfort zone. I know that personally I have been challenged and rewarded with stepping outside what I once thought was my ability and area of comfort.  How about you?  Have you been daring enough to step outside the areas or situations in which you are comfortable and been rewarded with growth and perhaps other blessings?

Whether you realize it or not, each of us as Christian has done that.  Our Bible verse for today reminds us “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Think about the huge steps that, as a Christian, you’ve taken in Christ.  You’ve gone from being a child of the devil to being a “new creation” or a believer.  Then consider the steps of growth which God has allowed you to experience within your faith: being willing to speak about your faith, having the strength to say no to temptation, having the strength to endure a difficult situation.  Those and more which you can name are far outside the comfort zone of where we once were.  They are not even in the same universe we were in as unbelievers. What a blessing to have experienced that growth of faith and pray that it continues.

Don’t give up on growing as a human being and most of all ask God that he help you keep growing as a Christian!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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