A lot of us choose to serve when it’s convenient or comfortable. However, Josh Whitlow taught us that “loving like Jesus gives us the courage to serve outside our comfort zones.” Joining the LivingItOut team made perfect sense for me because I’m a writer. I prefer to connect with people through written words. It’s fun, easy for me, and safe. God wired my and gifted me to serve in this way. God has also given me opportunities to serve outside of our comfort zone.
Most of us know what makes us uncomfortable, and we try to avoid those situations. Personally, I don’t always do well in crowds or engaging with people I don’t know. I’ve learned over the years that people need people. To help serve that need, and step outside of the box I put myself in, I try to be more intentional with everyday conversations. I went from avoiding eye contact with strangers in the grocery store to being OK with conversing. Usually, they do most of the talking because they need someone to listen.
“A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.”
We all fall victim to excuses when our conduct becomes inhuman.
Now, my intent is to engage with more people outside of my comfort zones. The nervousness still comes, and it invites excuses. But if I ignore the want to disengage, courage soon follows. As I grow in my faith, the courage to step up and step out continues to grow as well. Leading a Group didn’t fit my personality before, but now I can’t imagine not leading one.
Where do you need to ask God for courage? Do you serve in uncomfortable situations? Are you ready to serve outside of the church community?
Ask your NextSteps Pastor about opportunities to serve. Join a DreamTeam or fill a need by becoming a Group leader. Stop making excuses and start making more connections in your daily life.
Lord, be my reminder that each day is another opportunity to live your purpose for me. Help me be more proactive in building relationships throughout my community. Grant me the courage to not settle for moments of convenience. Please continue to guide me when spreading your love and humble me when I feel others aren’t receiving your truth. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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