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The Upper Room 12 February 2024 Devotional: Out of My Comfort Zone


The Upper Room 12 February 2024 Devotional: Out of My Comfort Zone

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for February 12th, 2024 Message written by John D. Bown (Minnesota, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

Psalm 23:1-6

God provides many opportunities for me to say yes.

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10 (NRSVUE)

Many years ago, I was asked to go on a mission trip abroad. I declined because of numerous conflicts — family activities, work demands, and other commitments. I thought the next trip would fit my schedule better. But after a few more years and opportunities, I still had not participated.

Then in 2005, I was invited to go on a mission trip to Guatemala. Even though many of the same conflicts existed, I felt God nudging me to go. As I prayed about the opportunity, I realized that my conflicts were really excuses to avoid stepping out of my comfort zone.

I did go on that trip, followed by seven more trips over the next eight years. As we offered our help to those we encountered, I also gained a better perspective on the meaning of “abundant life.” The people we met possessed joy, peace, and love for God — the abundant life — that made a lasting impression on me.

That first trip was a small investment of time, but a big step in my walk of faith because I was willing to leave the familiar and move forward in faith trusting God.

God of second chances, open our hearts so that we will be ready to respond to your call. Help us to be obedient to you, to discern your will for our lives, and to go forward in faith. Amen.

Mission-trip participants


The Upper Room 12 February 2024 Devotional: Out of My Comfort Zone

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