Comfort Zone.

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm
This morning, Taylor and I went on a bike ride up to Point Loma (which is up-hill). I’m still learning how to be a good cyclist. So while it seems Taylor is pointing out everything I’m doing wrong while riding, he is only trying to help me become stronger. My legs may have been cursing me the whole way up, but I welcomed the lactic acid build up and kept pedaling, kept climbing.
I absolutely love the quote above. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. How true are those words? I would venture to say that nobody really enjoys change, especially personal change. This quote can apply to just about all areas of our lives. Some of my greatest/proudest moments in life have been after being uncomfortable. Whether that’s physically, spiritually, or mentally. You really find out what you are made of when you are uncomfortable. As a runner, it doesn’t take long to be out of my comfort zone. But pushing through the uncomfortable and hard runs only has made me stronger. As a Christian, there are times when you might find it uncomfortable to stand up for your faith. People won’t understand.
Yes, it’s much easier to live within your comfort zone. Within the familiar. But where is the joy that comes afterward? That feeling when all your hard work has paid off?
We, as Christians, want to rejoice in God’s glory because that’s an amazing feeling. But in Romans 5 it says:
And we rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings. Because we know that suffering produces endurance, endurance character & character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us. “

God knew us endurance runners and athletes would need a few verses that relate to us. 😉 Suffering produces endurance. Pretty powerful words. But how true it is, as I was climbing that hill this morning, I could only think about the suffering and how I had to keep going to gain the endurance.
Life isn’t going to be easy, but we can rejoice knowing that our suffering won’t be pointless. It’s creating in us endurance, character, and hope. Even more so for Christians, because we will be blessed for persevering under trials. 
So challenge yourself, push yourself, get out of your comfort zone. Because that’s where you will find unspeakable hope and joy. We only have one life, live it!

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