It’s OK!

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We are always hearing that we need to ‘step out of our comfort zones.’  My question is, WHY?  I do believe in stretching myself, but I think that comfort zones exist for a reason.  

I know that some may think, ‘if we don’t step out of our comfort zones, then nothing gets changed,’ but that is not what I’m saying.  Of course we need to build awareness and work hard to help those in need to promote change, but can’t we do that within our comfort zones?

I do my best when I am working within my comfort zone.  Is it always easy?  No!, but it is where I do my best work.  We all have such diverse gifts, when we discover and use our gifts, we do our best work.  And, thankfully, there are others who compliment us with their gifts.

Sounds a bit cryptic? Let me clarify…..I was at a meeting yesterday with a room filled with great thinkers.  My ego kept telling me that I should contribute to the conversation, but nothing brilliant was popping into my head.  After I stopped stressing about what I could add to the conversation, I began to realize that this group were the theoretical dreamers and I was a make-it-happen doer.  

My comfort zone is where I do my best work, it is where my gifts are realized and utilized.  It’s ok to work in my comfort zone……stop with the pressure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expiration Dates

Last night I gave a retreat on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to 78 eighth graders and their parents.  What at treat for me!  These teens are so serious about their faith…  I have been working with children for a very long time and each year the group has a different ‘personality’.  This particular group is commited and throughout this year I have seen and read so many inspiring tidbits.  I know, without a doubt, that the Holy Spirit is at work here and I am quite confident that they will continue to “go and make disciples of all nations….”

I asked the students to to write one sentence about their faith – I can’t wait to read them all today, but as I was packing up last night, I glanced at the sheet on top.  Here is what it read:

“My faith has no expiration date”

Wow, wow, wow – no wonder Jesus proclaimed that the ‘kingdom of God belongs to these….’