Why Being Uncomfortable Is A Good Thing


Growing up, I loved to sing karaoke. I remember my friend Jessie having this super nice karaoke machine and every karaoke CD you could ever imagine needing. I would go over there practically every day and we would sing our little eleven-year-old hearts out. But I would always sing the same song—the Kelly Clarkson version of “Listen to your Heart.” I know, I know, not the best song selection. But I was comfortable with it. I knew every word and every note perfectly and I knew that I could sing that song with ease.

Even though it was something as simple and silly as karaoke, I was too afraid to go out of my comfort zone and use my talent to sing other songs that weren’t Kelly Clarkson ballads. I think a lot of us find ourselves sitting in a comfort zone that keeps us from growing in our walk with Christ.

Complacency can keep you from growing. 

When it comes to living our lives for Jesus, we must come to terms with the fact that we are going to be uncomfortable. That may seem scary, but it’s actually a good thing. If we fall into a pattern of complacency, whether that’s in how we serve on Sunday morning or in our daily bible reading, then we never give ourselves a chance to grow.  

God has gifted us with a specific purpose, and we cannot let it go to waste by staying in a place where that purpose is not being used. If you have a talent, God wants you to use it! And whether you think so or not, there is a place where you can use that talent to serve God and serve others. God will bring you out of your comfort zone, so that you can experience new adventures that will bring you closer to him. We must see stepping out in faith and trusting God to use our gifts for His glory not as something to be afraid of but something to embrace.  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

growthOlivia Nickell