We all have a comfort zone. It is the place where we don’t need to worry much because we are living with the familiar. It is a nice place to be...but stay too long and our comfort turns to complacency and we lose our cutting edge.
Leaving our comfort zone is not about adopting the common lifestyle of the hurried, harried and overcommitted. That is a place of frustration, tiredness and depletion. What I am suggesting is that there ought to be at least one area of our lives where we are pushing ourselves to learn, grow and become all that God designed us to be. Those who stop growing become stale and that staleness impacts all of their life.
Think through the major areas of your life: work; relationships; marriage; children; ministry; financial; spiritual. Which of those areas are in need of growth now? Are there any that are screaming for attention? If you could give a red (its going badly), yellow (I could do better) or green (it is really good) to each of the areas mentioned which would be red or yellow? Those can be good colors because they tell us where we can grow.
Even the Apostle Paul, at the end of his life knew that he needed to press forward in growth. He writes, "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward to Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
When the other disciples were perfectly comfortable in their boat in the midst of a storm (where fishermen like to be), Peter got out to walk toward Jesus. He took a risk and learned the power of God. Where do you need to take a risk, leave your comfort zone and go where you have not gone before? Start where you know you need to be. God has already probably told you in your heart where you need to take a step of faith. Get out of the boat and trust Him...and you will keep growing.