Sometimes I think we get caught up in making ourselves comfortable in our “Safe Zone.”
What is a “Safe Zone?’ Well, it’s that place in life where we are comfortable. You know, where we have it all together. We know what to expect, everything fits our prepared schedule, and it all works out the way we planned it. We set up these little safe zones in our lives so that there is no chance that we will have to deal with outside issues. We can stay safe, out of contact with the world, and not worry about any interaction that may cause us angst.
Do you know what I am talking about?
A “Safe Zone” can be anything. Some folks call them “Comfort Zones.”
It’s when we get complacent in our day to day activities, and don’t want to step out and try something new, because it may cause stress or anxiety. Some people even suffer from panic attacks when they step out of their “Safe Zone.”
I am personally affected by this. I get into a routine, that works well, and I just stick with it, forever. Then something changes. You know, like taking a trip to a city I have never visited before. Or meeting a new boss at work. Everything gets thrown out of whack, because I have gotten so complacent with the way my life is going, that I don’t know how to act when it is time for a change.
This happens in Churches too. The Church itself becomes a “Safe Zone.” We forget that in the scriptures Jesus called us to go and preach his gospel to a lost and dying world. Instead, we would rather hide inside our church building (our Safe Zone) and continue to do church like we always have. inside our nice safe building.
I think today, God is calling us to step out of our “Safe Zones” and see the world!
Matthew 28:19 New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The simple scripture above is called “The Great Commission.” It’s Jesus, teaching his disciples (us) that we need to go outside and tell people about him. We surely cannot do that, if we don’t go outside the church building!
Safe Zones aren’t only a church problem. Sometimes, as we mentioned above, they can be a personal problem as well. Being called out of your safe area in life can cause total strife. Anxiety and panic attacks are a way that the enemy tricks us and tries to keep us from living a Christ filled happy life.
For me, when I feel the anxiety begin, I try to remember a few facts.
#1. I am a chosen child of the king.
#2. God promises all throughout scripture that his plan is to bless us, not to harm us.
#3. That I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Truth is, I can’t overcome anxiety and fear alone. I need a savior. I have to stop and ask God to enable me to deal with the strife that I am feeling, and to allow me to emerge victorious once again.
I often fear feeling anxious, and worry about how much it can impact in my daily routine. Looking back, I honestly can’t think of a time when Anxiety or fear has destroyed or injured me in any way. Fear is a really good weapon that the enemy of our soul uses to convince us that all is lost. Once we get to that point, panic sets in and it’s all over. The only thing strong enough to combat these attacks is the power of the Holy Spirit. God sent his one and only son to die for us, so that we don’t have to be a slave to these attacks anymore. Then, we can step out of our “Safe Zone” and begin to live life again.
Through it all, I have been protected by the power of the Holy Spirit. Sure, times have been tough, but never have I been destroyed by fear.
These are tough things to talk about, but they affect all of us. Don’t think you are alone. Our human strength by itself is not enough to combat these things. We need someone to carry us through these times.
His name is Jesus.
Get out of your “Safe Zone” and see the world!
What do you think?
Till next week,