I’m struggling with knowing when I need to get out of my comfort zone, to grow, and when I need to stay in my lane.
When you’re a people pleaser you have a tendency to struggle saying no to people who ask you to do something. You don’t want to disappoint someone or leave them hanging. I have a tendency to say yes, then expect God to step in and empower and enable me to do what I agreed to do. Many times the Lord has been merciful toward me and given me the grace to do well with what I said yes to. But then as time passes I get worn out because the task doesn’t get easier. I ask God for creative ideas, favor, and direction. Often times, I don’t hear anything.
I never want to become stagnant. I want to always be growing so I understand that there will be times I will need to be willing to do the uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable. What if it never becomes comfortable? Is there ever a time I should be ok with staying in my lane? My lane is behind the scenes. I enjoy supporting and encouraging others. I enjoy working alone on my own. Should I stick with doing that well or get out of my comfort zone and lead? That means I have to cast vision, give instructions, rally the troups. That is not comfortable for me.
Phil 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
God gives us the will to do his good pleasure and the ability to do it. Sounds like the task is to learn the difference between God’s good pleasure and man’s good pleasure. I can count on God working in me when it’s His good pleasure I’m doing. If it’s man I’m striving to please I will only have my own ability.
I took the above picture because it spoke to me. I feel like a blue truck surrounded by a bunch of white trucks. I wondered how the truck lot got that one blue truck? Why did the manager place the truck in the middle of all the white trucks? It seemed like it only made the blue truck look more out of place. It wouldn’t look so out of place if it was at the end of the row. I want to stay at the end of the row. Who’s going to follow a blue truck when all the other trucks are white? I’ll just stay at the back of the row and help the other trucks get sold. Find a home. That’s my lane. I know I’m stretching. It made perfect sense to me in my head.
Do you have a formula you use in determining when you need to get out of your comfort zone or stay in your lane?