Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Olympics and Our Own Comfort Zone

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Olympics and Our Own Comfort Zone

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A Christian Science perspective.

The moment was heart-wrenching as Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette took the ice to skate her Olympic program Tuesday night. Her mother, who had sacrificed so much to see her daughter make the Olympics, had unexpectedly passed on a couple of days earlier. Now Rochette had to muster the strength and composure to go forward despite her loss. She not only skated; she skated the best short program in her career.

Rochette's example, and many more from the Olympics, make me appreciate how going forward doesn't depend on the perfect set of circumstances. Breakthroughs happen despite how daunting, scary, and overwhelming things seem. Going forward happens when we stop letting our desire for comfort run things and instead focus on taking the next step needed to accomplish the goal. Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to get out of your comfort zone. This isn't always easy.

If you feel that you're holding back or hesitating to take some next step, even if you know what is right to do, you can challenge the fear by recognizing the presence and power of God, divine Love. You are not alone in your journey; God is with you, giving you what you need.

The Bible is full of inspiring examples of those who didn't let fear or discouragement stop them from taking positive action. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, didn't let anything stand in the way of his ministry despite being jailed, beaten, and shipwrecked. Paul explained how relying on Christ - that supporting and freeing power of God - made him strong. He referred to Christ's strength moving in on his weakness, and how this led him to look at his limitations differently: "I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ. I can even enjoy weaknesses, insults, privations, persecutions and difficulties for Christ's sake. …

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