Last week my staff team went away for a staff retreat for two days to  discuss some things, slow down the pace a little, and have a little fun. As an afternoon “team bonding” event, we went skeet shooting.

At first I stood to the side and said, “I’ll just watch.” I was a little uncomfortable about shooting a shotgun and knew it was out of my comfort zone. But the guys encouraged me to step out and try something new and challenging. They were very patient and helpful in showing me how to hold the gun, when to pull the trigger, and how to aim for the target, which I missed every time.

But as I was standing there, I thought, there must be some spiritual principles I can glean from this experience. And as a team, we came up with several. I wanted to pass them along.

  1. Teamwork is better than the “lone ranger” mentality.
  2. No one is perfect. Everyone misses once in awhile.
  3. Use your shots wisely.
  4. Keep your gun pointed in the right direction. Don’t aim at your buddy (or at your foot).
  5. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  6. Stay focused; avoid distractions or you’ll never hit your target.
  7. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
  8. A little competition is good for you. It challenges you to be better.
  9. Be teachable. Let others help you in your weak areas.
  10. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

I’m glad I didn’t let my comfort zone or fear hold me back from trying something new. It was fun and I needed to be stretched. Plus, I learned something new!

What’s something you’ve done recently that is outside of your comfort zone? Perhaps you have some spiritual lessons to share from it.