You know I've really been trying hard this year to step out of my comfort zone. While I think I've definitely had some success in the field; I still need work. Why is it so hard to do the right thing? Sometimes I end up talking myself out of it. Why is it so hard to do the right thing when it is so uncomfortable? I'm working on finding the comfort in the discomfort.
My beautiful neighbor lost her battle with cancer this year. I know I did not know her as long as some of her other friends and family but she made quite an impact on me. I don't like being in awkward situations. I suppose no one really likes being in an awkward situation... But being a stay-at-home mom and being at my house while she was right next door battling her cancer it made it hard to avoid certain situations.
In the last year she was in so much pain and frustrated by her ailments. Honestly I just wanted to keep everything on the surface not let my guard down. When I would see her and listen to her I would think to myself I'm going to pray for her later.... But then there was a stirring in my heart and I prayed with her on the spot. It was awkward, I stumbled, I mumbled... I don't even really remember what I said. It was definitely out of my comfort zone. When I heard her crying out in her house and I was just outside in my driveway I wanted to ignore it. I mean what business is it of mine? But that stirring in my heart came again...
When there's a stirring in your heart or a thought pops into your head that's uncomfortable, that you know is going to be awkward, that you might think someone else can deal with that ... I encourage you not to ignore it; you are in that situation for a reason. Own it.
Instead of saying I'll pray for you.... pray for them on the spot right then and there. It's kind of life-changing and awesome. If you see someone left their lights on. Knock on the door and tell them; they'll appreciate it. If your husband leaves his socks on the floor for the 10 millionth time... be grateful you have a husband... and pick up the socks and put them in the hamper!