God’s Calling vs. My Comfort Zone

April 21, 2012 — Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I’m often uncomfortable with things I’m gifted to do. Allow me to give you an example:

I am a “connector” type of personality. God has given me a understanding of the process of hearing people with stories and the ability to connect them with like-minded or interested persons. I’ve seen this happen enough times with proven results that I am very comfortable with making the connection. But it took me a long time to figure out how it all works. I have failed in the process at times. I’m very comfortable connecting individuals with each other. I’m not comfortable meeting new people, this process takes longer. I love to set up a gathering, but I also love to find a place to hide while it’s happening.

Here are 4 concepts I keep in mind on a regular basis to help with the awkward situations:

-I had to learn to become comfortable with who God created me to be, even though this might be awkward for me as a human being.

-A friend of mine recently told me that “the art is often found in the revision”. I am going to make mistakes and learn from it.

-When I was in elementary school I stuttered and was mocked by other kids. A speech therapist helped me to remember to “breathe and think.” I use this tactic now to keep my head in uncomfortable situations.

-I travel with my wife or friends who help me “feel secure”.

What makes you uncomfortable and how do you deal with it?

Jim Gray

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Marketing Manager at Eternal Ventures. Married to Sharon, father of 3. Goofy, quirky, somewhat introverted coffee-drinker.