God really spoke to me this weekend. He didn't whisper in my ear and gently nudge me. He yelled loudly in my face the message- Get out of your comfort zone!
I am not an out going/ extroverted person. Don't get me wrong, I love people and I love to talk. But I do not like crowds of strangers or being forced to talk them. In spite of hating these things, I willingly signed up for Allume this weekend. I basically wanted to grow my blog and every blog/ podcast/ videocast says you have to go to a conference. You have to network! So I pulled up my big girl panties and singed up to go to this christian blogging conference.
I thought "ok, this is what I have to do to increase my following and grow my business"... but God had other plans for me.
First off, I got sick two days before the trip. So I was totally off my game. Secondly and most importantly, I was not prepared for the true presence of Jesus at this conference. These women did not care how many followers I had on Twitter. The speakers did not teach about how to grow your audience or make more money by setting up advertising. They spoke of love and relationships, purpose and understanding. They spoke of God's love and using something silly like a blog to reach others and to tell others about Christ.
I really didn't want to "network" and try to sell people on what I'm doing this weekend. Thankfully I didn't have to. I got to meet wonderful women, who love Jesus and begin a relationship with others. God really wanted me to get out of my comfort zone because it's not until we are out of our comfort zone that we grow.
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." - James 1:22, ESV