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Monday, April 4, 2016

Where's Your Comfort Zone?


“A ship is safe in harbor,
but that’s not what ships are for.”
—William G.T. Shedd, American theologian

Many times we live our lives as a ship in its harbor. We’re content to stay in our comfort zone, never venturing very far from it. We’ve looked around and weighed the cost, and decided leaving safe surroundings is not worth the risk. And risky it may be to pull anchor and move into unfamiliar territory. Why take the risk when everything is going just fine where we are?

I’ve known folks who resisted taking risks their entire life. They preferred to continue on a sure path where they pretty much knew from day to day what awaited them.

They didn’t invest in the stock market because of uncertain outcomes. They didn’t try new things, nothing that would veer off the normal daily happenings. They didn’t even try new foods or bolder color clothes or different vacation spots. They were content with ordinary.

I don’t mean we should take life-threatening or reckless risks. But we’ve all heard the saying that “variety is the spice of life.” And also, we’ve heard “all work and no play makes for …” People who won’t take risks also usually don’t do anything on the spur of the moment. Their every day is planned, ordered, and typical.

I remember my mother always washed clothes on Monday. She always ironed on Tuesday. She always grocery shopped on Friday. Yes, planning is good, and most of the time there is merit in knowing exactly how your day will go. But, always, without change?

In the Bible story of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, a man entrusted his property with his servants while he went on a journey. To one servant he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one. The first two servants invested and increased their talents, but the servant who had one talent hid it in the ground.

When the owner returned, he was pleased with the first two men, but not at all pleased with the third and took away the one talent he had. That third servant took the safest route to protect his owner’s property, or so he thought. He chose the sure thing instead of investing his one talent with bankers for a chance to multiply it.

Which of those servants would you be? Are you a ship who prefers to stay safe in harbor? The quotation above says ships are not for staying in the harbor.

Consider doing something you’ve never tried before—maybe join the congregation in singing at church; stand up and cheer at a sporting event; wear that purple coat; surprise your family by suggesting for dessert that the family go out to get ice cream cones.

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2 comments:

  1. We are never too old to step out of our comfort zone and it does keep life interesting.

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  2. Ann, I agree. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment!

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