So there I was… sitting in church the other night and one of my friends bent down and noticed my shoelaces. They were doubled knotted. I went on to exclaim that double knotting my shoes as an adult isn’t that uncommon, that a lot of people do it. (I did however have a moment of doubt and thought, What if everyone else stopped double knotting their shoes a long time ago and somehow I just missed the memo?!) But that wasn’t the case.
It’s really been stirring in my head the past couple of days, and the fact that I’m currently teaching different types of figurative language to my sevies has made it all the more madness in my mind. That’s when I began to ask myself, “Dolen, why do you still double knot your shoes?” And I’ve tried just tying them normally. Just one little bow-tie. But I can’t seem to do it! It drives me nuts knowing that at any moment my shoelace can come undone. I don’t feel as safe…
Which brings me to the topic of comfort zones. Everyone has them. At church, we tend to sit in the same spots. At school the students congregate to the same group of friends. As adults we develop habitual routines (or maybe that’s just me?) But we all have comfort zones for a reason… because it’s where we’re most comfortable!
Comfort zones can be good and bad. For example, the fact that I double knot my shoes is a good thing. Because I know I won’t trip and fall (if I do it’s not because of my laces). I know my shoe won’t come off. I know goofy little people won’t be able to bend down and untie my shoe just so I have to tie it again. Double knotting my shoes is part of my comfort zone. Comfort zones can keep bad things from happening to us!
However… living in our comfort zones can also prevent good things from happening to others. If we get too comfortable as Christians, we might forget to see the bigger picture:
- What if we miss an opportunity to witness to someone because we were too nervous?
- What if we didn’t pray for our meal in front of our peers because of looks we might get?
- What if we didn’t invite someone to church because we were afraid of getting rejected?
A lot of these instances could have to do with the fact that they’re juuust outside of our comfort zone.
As Christians, we have to break out of our comfort zones sometimes. Matthew was a tax collector; he left his booth (his comfort zone) and followed Jesus. Paul left his comfort zone of persecuting Christians, and became one himself! I’m so so thankful my soccer teammate in college didn’t stay inside of her comfort zone; she shared the Gospel with me. And it was the best thing to ever happen to me.
Like I said before, comfort zones can keep bad things from happening to us, but also prevent good things from happening to others. Hmmm…
Until next time!