Our Delicious Comfort Zones
“Your comfort zone is the greatest enemy to your potential.” I can’t remember who originally said that, but I repeat it to my seniors on their last first day of high school to establish my expectations for the year. It’s quite serious, isn’t it? Unlike our hilarious guests today, Rhonda and Kaley Rhea! This mother/daughter duo looks at life from the funny side and delivers a dose of truth along with a wealth of wit. You’re going to love this post…and even if you don’t, it’s about chocolate…so you’re gonna love it! Rhonda & Kaley, welcome to The MOM Journey!
We both love a nice, cozy comfort zone. By “comfort zone,” about eighty percent of the time we probably mean “chocolate zone.” Did you hear about the recent study that determined that 10 out of 9 people love chocolate? It doesn’t even matter that the math doesn’t work. Know why? Chocolate.
Since people are finding more ways all the time that chocolate is good for your health, we’ve decided that we shall never at any time of our lives think of ourselves as “overweight.” We shall forever refer to it as “chocolate-enriched.”
That’s our comfort zone and we’re sticking to it.
We just recently somewhat stepped out of our non-chocolate-related comfort zone to write a romantic comedy about a gal who was forced outside her…well, on theme…outside her comfort zone. The book is titled, TURTLES IN THE ROAD and, not to give anything away, but our deliciously funny character finds laughs, grace, and all kinds of adventure in her most uncomfy places.
There are comfort zones, and then there are comfort zones. When God commissioned Joshua after the death of Moses, He gave Joshua instructions about the new land He was to possess. He said to him, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, ESV).
Sometimes God calls us to step out of everything comfortable. We see it all through Scripture. God called Moses to step out before the mantle was passed to Joshua. God called Abraham to leave his home and everything familiar to him to take off to zones unknown. He called Samuel, He called Isaiah, He called so many more. Jesus called His disciples to step away from their nets, out of their comfortable lives, and to follow Him with abandon.
There aren’t a lot of things in this life we can promise will happen, but we can promise this. At some point you will be called to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be caught off guard. Don’t think you’re being reprimanded. And even more importantly, don’t think for a second that He is not with you in that less-than-comfy place. Be strong. Be courageous. Know He is with you.
It’s good to remember that stepping out of our comfort zone is also stepping into the comfort of His Holy Spirit. It’s amazing—even in discomfort, there’s comfort! Real comfort from The Comforter. It’s comfort not in a place, not in a possession, not in a food—it’s in a Person, the Person of our mighty God of all comfort.
As you step out in faith, you’ll find there’s growth in every new place the Lord leads you. You can rest assured He will never ask you to step out of one zone and into another without His presence, without His purpose, or without His empowering.
It’s a God-enriched life. And as awesome as a chocolate-enriched life is, a God-enriched one is infinitely better.
To celebrate the release of Rhonda and Kaley’s book, I have a copy of TURTLES IN THE ROAD to give away to one lucky momma on The MOM Journey! Share this post on Facebook or Twitter, enter your email to follow The MOM Journey…or for more chances to win (like FIVE more!), leave a comment! The winner will be announced in next week’s post.
Are you in a comfort zone you need to step out of right now? What’s keeping you there? Or can you share a time you stepped out and how that made a difference?
Mother/daughter writing duo, Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea, are the authors of Turtles in the Road, an inspirational humorous romance that’s just releasing. They are both TV personalities for Christian Television Network’s KNLJ in mid-Missouri. Rhonda is also a nationally-known speaker, humor columnist and author of 11 other books, including Fix-Her-Upper, a soon-releasing nonfiction project coauthored with Beth Duewel. Rhonda is married to her pastor/husband, Richie Rhea, and they have five grown children and two grandbabies. Kaley works at Missouri Baptist University and she and Rhonda both live in the St. Louis area.