Jo’s Journal: Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone


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Jo’s Journal: Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

How Driving My Sister and Nieces Around Shook Things Up

by Joanne Troppello


It’s a well-known fact to those in my circle of family and friends that I don’t like to drive much, especially not at night, since it’s harder for me to see in the evening when driving. I didn’t get married until I was 30 years old, so yes, I did have to do a lot of driving (to work and everywhere else I wanted to go) when I was single.


When I got married, I still drove to work since I worked outside the home. However, after five years of marriage, I started working from home as a freelance content writer. That meant, not much driving for me and we were able to only have one car, which was good since that only meant one car payment. Now, we’re almost celebrating 17 years of marriage (on July 17th), so that’s been a lot of years not having to drive myself everywhere all the time. I still drove places, just I didn’t have to if I didn’t want to since my husband could drive us on the weekends. Now, that may sound like diva behavior to some, but my husband loves to drive and didn’t mind driving us either.


My husband drives a company truck, so I still have our car available if I need to go to the store or get out of the house. However, when we’re together on the weekends, I’ve gotten used to him driving us everywhere.


When God Shakes Things Up


Every now and then, God shakes things up and that gets me out of my comfort zone. I don’t like change. Maybe you are okay with change. Maybe you’re not. Regardless, it’s a part of life and I know it’s good for me when God shakes things up—even if I don’t like it in the moment.


My sister injured her foot and recently had surgery to fix the issue. She had about six weeks of recuperation time. Two weeks with the boot on and she had to use the crutches or knee scooter—and couldn’t put any pressure on her foot. My mom helped out driving her around where she needed to go (not work, since she works from home too), and taking her girls to gymnastics classes during the week.


My parents were going to their place in NC for a week and a half so that meant I needed to step up and drive my sister and nieces to gymnastics classes and a swimming class. When we left for the classes, it was still light out. However, for part of the drive home, it started to get dark. It was a bit hard for me to see road signs etc during that time, but my sister was in the passenger seat—and was a great co-pilot giving me directions for the back roads she knows and helping me see where to turn if I couldn’t make out the signs clearly.


“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12

Now, I know that verse has a larger meaning about trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and accepting God’s gift of salvation. However, especially with having had to do some nighttime driving, driving on the highway, and driving on unfamiliar roads—knowing that Jesus is my light and when I follow Him, I won’t walk in darkness has given me peace throughout this shaking-me-out-of-my-comfort-zone time.


God is good. He always has your best in mind. Everything He does is for a purpose in your life. Has God ever shaken you out of your comfort zone?

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.



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