Exercise has been a regular part of my daily routine for many years. My smug complacency regarding this routine was shaken last year during a physical exam. I was challenged to move out of my comfort zone by increasing the diversity as well as intensity of my routine. What they neglected to tell me was that this new exercise routine required discipline and pain.

Spiritually, I have found the same to be true. Smug complacency and pride can creep into my relationship with God. Fortunately, there are people in my life with the courage to challenge me to step out of my spiritual comfort zone. However, these people often neglect to tell me of the discipline and pain required to journey more deeply with God.

The path of discipleship with Christ is filled with the denial of my own self-interest and desires and total commitment to do the will of God – way out of my comfort zone!

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34) 

A deeper, richer, and more meaningful relationship with God occurs outside our comfort zones…will you join me there? Be assured that God, The Comforter, promises to be with us outside our comfort zone. (2 Cor. 1:3- 4)


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder