The U.S. Navy SEALs have a saying: "Get comfortable being uncomfortable." If you can be comfortable being uncomfortable, you'll be prepared to handle whatever situation comes along in your own life.

Robin S. Sharma once said, “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.” What insight! Each time we are faced with a challenging, uncomfortable situation, and consciously choose to press through the hard times, we achieve a unique ability to place ourselves into a new “normal” expanding our capacity. I am certain that you have all faced times and situations that have made you uncomfortable; where it literally feels as though the pull of life is stretching you beyond what you thought you were capable of, and it seems as though the only way it won't break you is if you fight with everything you have in you. How we handle these moments prompts us to face who we are and where we are. What we do with these experiences defines who we become.

Sometimes when I’m in a busy season of life, I like to think back a few years ago, and recall what life used to be like, and what my days consisted of when I didn’t do everything that I am currently doing. Looking back, life seemed simple and very comfortable, but i’m sure I was facing challenges even then. The beauty of life is that we have the ability to grow and expand our capacity to go through every challenge that we can face in life, and thankfully we are not on this journey alone.

In the fitness world, any athlete will tell you that stretching is essential to being healthy and well. By doing so you will

  1. Decrease your chance of injury

  2. Relax your muscles

  3. Increase your range of motion

Stretching your body is believed to have many health benefits, but ironically, to get these benefits and make the stretch effective, you have to fight through your comfort zone. Similarly in life, if you hold through your stretching season, the next time you face the same tasks or challenges you will know how to handle them well. Your life muscles will be stretched and flexible enough to meet the need! One of the most beautiful things about EPIC Commission, is that it’s crafted in such a precise way that students are challenged every day to get out of their comfort zones and uncover the incredible potential that is inside them. God has put gifts and talents in every single person, even you! You may not even know some of the gifts that are within you! In due time, they will be pulled out of you. So instead of dreading these stretching, and challenging seasons of life, learn to be thankful for them. They increase your range of motion, decrease your chances of injury, and ultimately shape and mold you into the person that God has created you to be. So lets not seek comfort by avoiding being stretched and grown. I pray that you find peace and comfort when you are facing a challenge, knowing that in the end you will be stronger for it. Develop the gifts that God has placed in you, and seek comfort by plunging into new areas of life that will pull them out of you!

Eric Stelzer

2nd year student blogger