Everybody knows that the rule of thumb when shopping for kids school shoes is to purchase those that are at least half a size bigger to allow ample room for growth during the school year. As a child, I remember having my mom bend down to touch the front of my shoes to feel for my toes. This toe test helped her determine if the shoes fit, and if they did, I wouldn’t be wearing them. A bigger size was necessary!
These days, I still find myself using the toe test but not only as I buy shoes for my daughters. I more so use it to measure the different areas in my life.
Let me explain. You see, the concept remains the same. When we are comfortable with an area of our life whether career, relationships, choices, finances, body image, or even a pattern of thinking, we should know there isn’t any room to grow. And just like a pair of shoes that fits snug, something bigger is necessary!
A more familiar term to describe this limited mentality might be comfort zone.
Everyone has one. This is the place where we don’t need God to succeed. Here, we remain well within our boundaries and can manage everything on our own. It is a place where challenge does not exist and neither does promotion.
Comfort is closely related to complacency and this is where the problem lies. When we become complacent we lose our vision for anything bigger. It is much easier to stick to what we know is safe.
Recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone and began writing a weekly blog. Although I enjoy writing and providing inspiration to others through the written word, it was a challenge to commit to writing on a weekly basis and in a blog format. Will people read what I write? Will what I write touch the lives of others? Will I have something different to write about every week? These and many more questions arose as I toyed with the idea.
Stepping into an environment that is bigger than what we know and are familiar with, forces us to expand our knowledge and stretch our thoughts.
As uncomfortable as it is to step beyond the place of familiarity, true growth can only take place when we reach the end of our abilities and enter into the beginning of God’s. For me, this is the place where I rely on Him to show up in order to be successful. It is the place where my heart flutters in uncertainty of what lies ahead. It is the place where the shoe is a little big for me, but I chose to wear it anyway and trust that God will help me grow into it.
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
I pray today that if the shoe fits, you don’t wear it and look for a bigger pair instead. After all, who could say no to a new pair of shoes?!
…By the way, this article was included in a compilation of posts on “Cheerleader of Faith”, Kelly Balarie’s blog. Please visit her site today, Purposeful Faith, and check out the other wonderful writers who are sharing their encouraging posts, I promise you will be blessed!