Listening to Abba: Taking Me Out of My Comfort Zone

Taking Me Out of My Comfort Zone



I was hired to write children’s curriculum for a after-school bible club that meets in public schools.  Yep, you heard me right – PUBLIC schools.  Currently clubs are being held in 30 schools throughout the greater Birmingham area.  These are mostly unchurched children – about 2000.  Wow.  Praise God.

The curriculum stretched out for viewing at one time
I was actually first hired to do recruitment – which falls much more in line with my natural talents – tapping into public speaking, etc.  But as the Lord would have it (and trust me, it was definitely God), I ended up writing the curriculum.  

Second and third grade is printed,  fourth and fifth grade curriculum is now being prepped for press. It’s been a huge project and my attentions have been spread thin between college, School of Spiritual Direction, and now coaching school. 

So how does this fit into my spiritual journey? 

One, I did not want to do this.  I begged God to find someone else, or even to bring me help.   My pleading went much like Moses at the burning bush, “But Lord!  This isn’t my strength!”  And much like Gideon, “I’m nobody! The least of the least, send someone else.” God completely ignored my whining.

Two, I’ve never been called upon to do something so outside my comfort zone.  Additionally, I’ve never felt this incompetent in my life.  Typically, I have confidence in my abilities – this took me to a whole other level. I have been completely, and I mean completely dependent on God.  Nothing has come easy with this project.  It’s been very much like finding my way around a pitch black room.

Three, I’ve learned through this experience that God will call us out of our comfort zone and ask us to do things that we literally can’t do. But He can.  It’s amazing to see it transpire – to get positive feedback – and some confirmation along the way. 

Like Gideon, God whittled his army down to 300 men, and they won the battle by crashing clay jars, holding up torches, and blowing trumpets – God did the rest.  Incredible.  

 Gideon could boast in nothing but the Lord. 
Neither can I.  That must be the point.

I’ve heard people say that when God calls you to do something it will fall in line with your strengths and spiritual gifts.  When God calls you to do something it will be rewarding and fulfilling and will bring you great joy.  Hmmmm.  Not so sure that is always the case.  Wonder what Moses or Gideon would say?

This I am sure of, God can and will use whoever He wants for whatever He wants.  It’s about Him and His purposes.  Whether the task or assignment is joyful is hardly the point.  The point is that He gets the glory. 


I’m reasonably happy with the curriculum.  I don’t think it’s nearly as phenomenal as Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book, “The Jesus Storybook Bible.”  But I can confidently say that it is better in theological content than most children’s curriculum I’ve reviewed.  But really, God remains the judge on this.  It’s His work from start to finish.  I was just the “nobody” He selected for the task.

I also know, that as I have piloted this curriculum with a group of boys the past three years, God has stirred a spiritual hunger and awareness in them that blows me away. They are getting it. Whoa.

Aslan is definitely on the move.
 
I'm not sure how God will use all of this. But, me thinks God and I will share great laughter and rejoicing over this one day.  Perhaps with many children who came to know Christ through Discovery Clubs.  Looking forward to eternity.







5 comments:

  1. It must be comforting in a certain way to know that God is indeed using you---that you can clearly see that. What a blessing.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your opportunity to see His strength in your weakness. Inspiring and encouraging.

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  3. This is a great article. When God wants us to do something many times it is a very uncomfortable process. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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  4. This is awesome! I had a similar experience only I had to stand on a stage in front of nearly 100 entrepreneurs for 7 weeks straight - and I was a self-proclaimed introvert.

    Turns out I'm pretty good at speaking (who knew) and I actually love it. God got me through and at the same time provided me with some insight into the next branch of my company.

    One thing I know is that I never would have come to that conclusion on my own. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Hi Kinsey - Great thoughts. I believe that God does both - He uses our strengths and He uses our weaknesses. Either way, it's all Him.

    I'm glad you got this opportunity. It sounds like it was a blessing for you and will be a blessing for the children.

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