I like to tell myself I get out of my comfort zone often.
But recently, I’ve been convicted about the lie that the above statement is.
Today though, I did something very out of my zone, good, but crazy and I actually spent the whole day reminiscing on how it all transpired and thinking if it could have gone better or gone worse.
First of all, this is a good sign that you are actually out of your comfort zone so keep going until you can relate with the paragraph above.
We’re having an event in my church called ‘All Nations Sunday’ and it is one of our biggest annual event because we go all out for it. It’s our biggest evangelism tool too as a church and i’m grateful for how far we’ve come really.
Because we need to raise awareness for the event, intentional and constant evangelism and flyering is important. So on my way to work this morning, I made sure to carry a bunch of the flyers with me because I had a plan and a goal for the day.
I got to the train station and got into my train, walked through the train dropping flyers on seats because I noticed that I read extensively the flyers I meet on my seat so I thought to myself, ‘this has to be the best strategy’ (although nothing really beats word of mouth evangelism’.
I got to where I would seat and saw a woman seating right behind me.
It was a 10 seconds battle of ‘Give her or not give her’.
I decided I’d walk up and hand her one.
I got about 5 inches from her with a smile definitely too wide for 7:30am in the morning and I handed one out and said my ‘Sales pitch’.
I wish I can tell you she smiled back, asked more questions and collected it but sadly, I can’t.
This beautiful young woman, stopped me half way, raised her hand to my face and said ‘It’s too early in the morning, please’.
She was polite enough to say please and I respected that, but I was crushed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been rejected before, even in similar situations like evangelism but something about today was different.
I apologised, got to my seat with my wide smile that had become a straight hurt line.
I’m still not completely over it as I write this but what’s really funny is that I’ve felt a kind of peace even with the hurt. I’ve also felt really excited knowing that I was completely out of my comfort zone.
I can’t tell you it was an amazing feeling, especially at first but what I know is, I probably won’t feel this bad if this happens again and I’ll be so much more confident next time I have to do it *brushing nothing off my shoulders*.
We actually cannot do great things in our comfort zone. In our comfort zone, were protecting ourselves, our image, our reputation, our face and our security but outside, we’re letting all guards down and open to what might come our way and that’s where growth will happen.
I’m excited for the next few days left to evangelise and flyer.
Dear Foch woman,
Stop playing it safe all the time. I promise, the growth will exceed the hurt if you even meet any hurt like I did. Slowly but surely!