Bird Cages"God who made the birds never made bird cages. It's men who make bird cages and after a while we become cramped and can do nothing but chirp and stand on one leg." --Oswald Chambers
Outside of Your Comfort Zone
"God places many of his blessings outside of our comfort zones, then asks us to come get them." --Kent Crockett (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 67)
Like Jumping in a Swimming Pool
Whenever we first break through a comfort zone, we will probably feel uncomfortable at first. But not long after we make the change, we experience a new-found freedom on the other side. Then we wonder why we didn't break through sooner.
You have probably been to a swimming pool where people in the water are having a great time. Someone yells, "Come on in. The water's fine."
You put your toe in the pool, then shrink back, thinking the water is too cold. But as you stand by yourself, you notice how much fun the people are having. So you decide to join them and dive into the pool. For a few seconds the water is cold, but then it quickly begins to feel refreshing. You spend the rest of the day in the swimming pool, not even thinking about the few uncomfortable seconds when you first jumped in.
You broke through a comfort zone. It was uncomfortable at first, but you found freedom and enjoyment on the other side. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 73)