"You were made for GREATNESS" (Pope Benedict XVI)
I don't know about you, but I like my comfort zone. I find a routine that fits, a system that works and I go into this cruise control mode. Totally care-free and comfortable. I sometimes like to call it my "Hakuna Matata" mode; No worries and just being happy.
Over the years I noticed that my comfort zone wasn't always this easy breezy place with no stress. Sometimes it was also a place that was just familiar to me, or a certain amount of stress that I just accepted but didn't want to change or let go. Sometimes my comfort zone was a place of worry because it was the only place I felt I had control.
That's the thing with comfort zones, they are a place where we have control. We can make certain adaptations and changes but they are always within our realm of control.
If there is one thing that I have learned throughout my faith journey is the Holy Spirit tends to throw me into the deep water sometimes, because He knows that if I slowly walk through the shallow and take my time getting used to it, I won't ever step into the deep water on my own. I'm one of those people that needs a good shaking wake-up call every so often when I have been to settled in my comfort zone.
I would be lying if I said that I enjoyed this type of learning and growth. Yes I am always thankful when I look back from the other side, but in the moment I absolutely dread it!
Why? Because I have to give up control. My comfort zones are not always a place of no worries, but they are always a place of control.
It's been said many times that we can never grow in our comfort zones, and as much as I want to refute that statement I know deep down that it always rings true it. Sure, you can stay at that level of training but you will never get stronger that way. The minute you up the intensity it pushes your body to re-adapt again and become stronger. That can be hard, sometimes uncomfortable, tiring and painful. But when we look back and see the results and what we accomplished, we know it was worth every hardship.
Our spiritual life is no different. We can remain at the level of faith we are at, and sure that can be fine and dandy but we will never grow that way.
Recently I've been having some great conversations with people and I have come to this realization that I don't just want to be a "good person." That to me isn't enough anymore. I want to be a GREAT SAINT!
If we want greatness we won't find it in comfort or in control. We find it the moment we step outside of our comfort zones and allow God to take control.
"The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for GREATNESS." - Pope Benedict XVI