“As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”
Proverbs 26:14 (ESV)
I recently heard an inspiring story from an older gentleman who was getting ready to go snow skiing. As it turned out, his greatest challenge wasn’t his age but, rather, the fact that he was completely blind. I always find it amazing when people reach past a “weakness” to do something challenging. This man was not going to let anything prevent him from doing the things he loved, including skiing.
How about you? Do you let your own challenges or fears keep you from trying something new? Proverbs 26:14 gives us a description of a sluggard who will not leave his comfort zone. He stays in his bed, simply turning over every now and then. His movement is appropriately described like a door on a hinge – it moves back and forth but doesn’t go anywhere. While the sluggard’s action –or rather lack of action — is symbolic of laziness, it is also a picture of the inability to move out of one’s comfort zone.
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” (CSB) God created each of us with a purpose – to bring him glory (Isaiah 43:7), and he gives us the ability to do that as we follow his leading. One way we follow him is by using our time wisely, and that sometimes means stepping outside of our safe, comfortable routines.
When I was a teenager, I remember the radio announcers chanting, “Get your head out of bed!” when my alarm clock radio would go off, always well before I wanted to get up. It was a most annoying exclamation to me at the time, but when it comes to the sluggard in me, encouragement of this type is good to hear.
It is easy to become complacent, and make excuses for not stepping out in faith to do new things. When is the last time you attempted something different? Do you feel the Lord calling you to move outside of your comfort zone? If so, pray for wisdom and confidence. Be bold, and do it!