Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone…Guatemala Bound!!

Antigua

I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don’t know anything about.” Joel Osteen

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter over the last month, you will have noticed many posts have been about an upcoming trip.  I am honoured to be co-leading a trip of students to Antigua, Guatemala from March 6-14, 2014 as part of the Love Moves Compassion Trip, through Connexus Community Church. Our group of 14 students and 5 leaders are going to serve and love the people of Guatemala.

One theme has continued to surface throughout our preparations – stepping out of our comfort zones. Stepping out of our comfort zones is like stepping out of an invisible barrier of comfort where we feel safe and secure. We all experience safety and security in our homes, with our families, within our churches and community.  To be stretched and trust that God has called us to serve in a foreign country, away from the comfort of our 1st world homes, is definitely stepping out of our comfort zones.

There’s a variety of ways that that I’ve observed that we are stepping out of our comfort zone on this trip:

Students

– It will be the first time on a plane, or even away from home, for some students
– We’ll be serving in a hospital for children with special needs.  The students will be hanging out, chatting and just loving the children.  This is a huge step outside of their comfort zones!
– We won’t be staying at a 5 star resort.  We’ll be sharing rooms…and no pool!
– In the evenings, the students will be asked to share their faith stories.  This may be the first time for some, and it can be scary to be so vulnerable and open with peers.  They will need to trust the Holy Spirit to guide them.

Leaders

– Being responsible for, and entrusted with, the most precious cargo (children) is wonderful, yet overwhelming
– A few of the leaders haven’t been on this trip before, so it will all be so new
– Even leaders will be stepping out of their comfort zone by sharing, praying and loving the students and the people of Guatemala
– Even though the students are the number one priority of the leaders, they too will be experiencing some difficult situations which they will need to process themselves, leaning into God for strength, patience and empowerment

Parents

– Sending their children to a 3rd world country to serve is definitely out of the comfort zone for some parents
– Fully putting their trust in the leaders and God with their children

So, why is it important to step out of our comfort zones?  As it says in the above quote, each of us has so much potential inside of us, that if we are not stretched beyond our comforts, we’ll never know how much we are capable of, or how many gifts and talents we actually have.  The only way to grow into our true selves, and to who God intended us to be, is to try something new.

This trip to Guatemala will be an act of stepping out of our comfort zones for the students, leaders and parents.  It will be an act of trusting God, that all things are possible, that He is bigger than anything we experience and that through Him transformation and life long change can happen.  When we step off the plane in Guatemala, we will turn our hearts to God and thank him for this opportunity, and for calling us to serve.

How have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately?  I’d love to hear!

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Note:  All thoughts/opinions/experiences are my own and is not a reflection of or on behalf of Connexus Community Church or the Guatemala team.

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3 Replies to “Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone…Guatemala Bound!!”

  1. Linda thank you for this this morning. Joshua 1:9 is one of my favourite verses and the one I have chosen to devotion on. This totally calmed my nerves this morning XOXO

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