Stepping out of my comfort zone
When I was asked to speak at a mother-daughter retreat, I jumped at the chance. Little did I know I would be taking some literal jumps as well.
My heart longs for girls and women to know their worth and value apart of their appearance, actions, or what others speak over them (including themselves). Over the weekend, many opportunities presented for me to speak truth and for them to learn how to speak truth as well. I loved it!
Back to the literal jumping. The camp is called an adventure camp. So, I came prepared to step out of my comfort zone…and boy did I.
At times…with a bit of hesitation.
The first night, I zip lined. Superman style in the dark of night, with an abyss of darkness below me and the beauty of the stars above me. The next day I repelled down a cliff. I’m not sure if you have ever done this but you have to LEAN BACKWARDS. Crazy. Yup, did that too. I learned how to Sherpa…climbing the side of a mountain.
One adventure after the other.
Our hearts were designed to long for adventure. I love work and being a soccer mom, but I also know its good to get out of my cushy comfort zone. This is where growth comes. Where the Lord meets us. Here are some observations I made about stepping out my comfort zone… and I mean way out of anything remotely resembling comfort.
Hang around different people – Stepping out of my comfort zone was possible because I spent time with adventuring moms. They had the know-how and experience to offer safety and security to my worried mind. If I had been around my family, I have no doubt I would never had the bravery to do this. They aren’t adventure people, so they would have been equally scared. We likely would have fed off each other’s fears leaving us on top of whatever challenge presented.
Know you will get banged up – During my brief adventure falling…err I mean repelling off a cliff (still can’t believe I did this), fear gripped my heart and I didn’t trust the process. The result, a banged up shin. When you step out of your comfort zones, you are likely to get bumps and bruises along the way. These will heal and possibly even leave behind a small reminder of your adventure and what you learned.
Trust the safety harness – Before each activity, we learned the do’s and don’ts. Safety harnesses and helmets were always involved. Getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean you should be reckless. If we don’t allow ourselves healthy adventures, I wonder if we are more likely to take risky ones later?
Take a break from perfection- When you do something different, perfect perfection isn’t likely to follow. That’s part of the beauty of it. I knew I wasn’t going to be a master repeller or even good, I gave myself a break from perfection…and it was great!
I don’t think I’m going to become an adrenaline junkie. You have to experience adrenaline for that to happen. I felt 98% relief when each jump was over and only 2% anything remotely feeling like adrenaline.
God made us for adventure. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a strong mind. ” He designed our hearts to long for jumps and risks. Somewhere along the way, fear and practicality suppresses our adventuring hearts. What can you do today to take a safe risk? What adventures awaits you?