Comfort Zone

Why should I wake when I can sleep?
Why should I stand when I can sit?
Why should I run when I can walk, Lord?
I want to stay safe,
I want to stay safe
In my comfort zone.

In my comfort zone, Lord,
In my comfort zone.
I want to stay safe, Lord,
In my comfort zone.

Why should I go when I can give?
Why should I preach when I can pray?
Why should I serve when I can send, Lord?
I want to stay safe,
I want to stay safe
In my comfort zone.

In my comfort zone, Lord,
In my comfort zone.
I want to stay safe, Lord,
In my comfort zone.

Lord, You want me to go WHERE?
Lord, You want me to do WHAT?
Don’t You know I can’t do THAT, Lord?
I’m scared to go out,
I’m scared to go out
From my comfort zone.

From my comfort zone, Lord,
From my comfort zone.
I’m scared to go out, Lord,
From my comfort zone.
From my comfort zone, Lord,
From my comfort zone.
Give me faith to go out
From my comfort zone.

About This Song:
More than fifteen years ago I attended a missions conference at the Ridgecrest Lifeway Conference Center in western North Carolina. I was in the auditorium late one morning playing my guitar. The only other person in the auditorium–a lady–asked me to sing something for her. I chose this song, and it appeared to move her.

That evening when the call to surrender to mission service was given, she was one of the people who came forward. She said she’d been afraid to come out of her comfort zone before, but now she was ready.

I felt great, knowing that my song might have touched her that way. . .

Although our salvation through faith in Christ is free, the Christian life can be costly at times. God has high expectations of His Children. In fact, He wants each of us to participate in His Family business: reaching out to the lost and inviting them to join His family, too.

That’s not always easy. Especially for those of us who have trouble sharing our faith verbally. While a lifestyle witness is desirable, it may not accomplish much if we’re unwilling to say something about our faith.

A number of years ago a friend asked why I never talked about my religious beliefs. I told him I’d been counting on the way I lived to speak for me. He told me in no uncertain terms that my lifestyle by itself didn’t cut it.

I suppose we’re all afraid to go out of our comfort zones in regard to one thing or another. But my constant prayer is that God will take me far enough out of mine to be a better witness than I used to be. It’s a long, slow process, though.

Has God brought you out of your comfort zone about something you were afraid–or at least quite hesitant–to do? How about sharing a comment…

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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