So My people come to you in crowds, sit in front of you, and hear your words, but they don’t obey them. Although they express love with their mouths, their hearts pursue dishonest profit. Ezekiel 33:31 HCSB
These words captured my attention, yet taunted me with the deep truth that is found in them. So often the word I hear, the Word I read from Scripture challenge me beyond my comfort zone. I sit, I listen, I take it in, but I don’t act on it. I express my love verbally for God, yet I am not fully pursuing the things I know He has called me to. I drag my feet because the truth is so far outside my comfort zone. Obedience is slow to follow when I feel stretched.
Obviously I have done many things that take me outside of my comfort zone. So what made me willing to step out? How do I allow myself to lose focus on the uncomfortable, long enough to expand the uncomfortable into my comfort zone?
I have to want what is in the uncomfortable zone more than I want to stay comfortable. I have to be willing to ask the hard questions, and then accept the truth of the answer. Then I have to obey. I have to surrender my will in complete obedience. It is not surrender until I am asked to give something which takes me out of my comfort zone. I have to turn my focus off the idea that it is uncomfortable, and turn my focus on to becoming so acquainted with the uncomfortable that it becomes comfortable. Only then will I expand my comfort zone and fulfill my purpose.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on Focus with prompts by #FMFParty. Write 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day. Five Minute Fridays provides prompts and encourages writers to free write for five minutes on the prompt.