Exactly one year ago, I made Washington, DC my home. I talked about moving here for years and then I set what was supposed to be a short lived plan in place that lasted nearly 2 ½ years. You can read more about that story here but for now I want to share my first year in the nation’s capital.
Change can be exciting, frustrating and sometimes a bit scary but it is necessary to grow. After moving, I realized that I needed to adapt quickly. The cost of living was extremely high and taking public transportation meant I had to adjust to sharing the ride to “everywhere” with perfect strangers. I was becoming a city girl hundreds of miles away from my country girl roots. I was following my dream and working hard to make sure my small business flourished.
A good friend once told me “when you step out, the universe will open up to accept you.” In essence, God honors our faith walk. He puts the right connections, people and resources in place to assist you on your journey. Does this mean that everything will be perfect? No! However, it does mean that He will continuously validate your bold move.
The scripture details many stories of people who went outside of their comfort zone. Immediately, I recall the story of Ruth. Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:8,16 NIV While many talk about Ruth and her meeting her husband Boaz, I want to focus on Ruth’s decision to leave her comfort zone. Ruth’s husband died and she had the opportunity to return home, to what was familiar. No doubt she was full of grief and probably thought she wouldn’t marry again. Certainly the comforts of being around family, friends she grew up with, her favorite foods were all enticing; however, Ruth made a decision to leave what was comfortable and follow her mother-in-law to a place where she had never lived, with unfamiliar people and a different culture. Perhaps Ruth knew that returning home meant returning to a lifestyle and place that she wanted to forget. Whatever her reasons were for continuing to an unfamiliar place, God honored her faith walk by sending her Boaz and blessing her womb to birth a son.
Similarly, this move to Washington, DC has been one of constant faith. There have been many ups and even a few downs. Business is going well. We have a reputation that has caused many to call us for work versus us beating down the door for contracts. We have been blessed to go from the two contracts when I moved here to seven municipal contracts and counting. The responsibility and the amounts keep rising too. As a matter of fact, we just completed job descriptions so that we can go from having just us two owners to hiring two employees. We are eternally grateful and know that God is ordering and honoring our steps.
I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Have faith, but also have works! As the scripture reminds us, Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:17 KJV It wasn’t enough for me to just want to start a business nearly four years ago, to leave my “good” job in Texas, to transition in Atlanta and to finally move to Washington, DC. At each point, I had faith and hope that everything would happen but I had to show God my “work.” I had to step out of my comfort zone leaving family, friends, and distractions behind. This transition has helped me grow in so many ways and I am grateful for every struggle and every triumph for God is continually blessing my faith walk.
Thank You for this changing season in my life. When it is time to do new things, remind me of the blessings that You have in store when I leave my comfort zone. Continue to grant me divine connections and open doors of opportunity. When I am discouraged help my unbelief and remind me that when I do the work I set the clock in motion to receive Your promises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to step out of your comfort zone. Has God placed something on your heart; yet you are waiting because you don’t know how to make it happen. Are you scared of failure? Don’t let your “comfort” cause you to miss out on the plan that God has for your life. Get up and move today!
Tell us about a time that you moved outside of your comfort zone. Share your story in the comments section.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”