Over Memorial Weekend, my husband and I did something we had never done before: we went camping in a tent (the above action shot is to prove I am not making this up). We went with a group of friends (my former church small group) and for the most part, it was fun. Sitting around a campfire, roasting smores, fellowshipping – most of it was all that camping should be. But the actual tent part? It was muddy, there were bugs, and neither of us got much sleep.
Trying new things this month means not just doing something you haven’t done before, but stepping outside of your comfort zone. By its very nature, it’s going to be uncomfortable at times – sometimes literally! I mean, I am STILL scratching at bug bites that I can’t scratch in polite company!
But when you open yourself to new experiences, you will discover new things about yourself, others, and the world that you just never would have had the opportunity to see before!
As I mentioned yesterday, my new favorite obsession is the show First Dates. For all of those people, going on a nationally televised show to be set up on a blind date was a HUGE risk. I don’t think I would have done it! Think of the potential risks – that the date would be awful, that they would be embarrassed, and that the whole thing would be watched and judged by millions across America!
But for some of them, that first date turned into a second date, and then a third. Is it the most likely way to meet your soulmate? Perhaps not. But they put themselves out there, took a chance, and for those people, they met someone. Even some of the ones for who it didn’t work out still talked about the value that they saw in doing it.
For myself, starting online dating was a big new thing that I tried. Granted, I knew it could work because my roommate had met her boyfriend (now husband) the year before. It was uncomfortable – you have to make a profile and talk about yourself, answer cheezy questions, and face the reality that real people would be scanning through your profile and making a judgment. But I took the risk. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually, I met my husband.
I am not saying that you have to start online dating this month! But so often we are caught in our own little ruts, never branching outside, never meeting anyone new. How are you going to meet anyone that way? And what’s more, what kind of interest do you hold as a person if you are never doing anything new?
As this month’s challenge verses will show, God expects us to do new things. So use this month’s encouragement to step outside your comfort zone and try something new!