The Oxymoron of “My Comfort Zone”

Authors

  • Beth Lindquist McCaw

Keywords:

Service, service learning, mission trips, formation, justice, compassion, youth ministry

Abstract

Common human needs combined with external forces in contemporary
society can groom an individual to pursue personal comfort as a primary
aim in life. In this article I argue that unchecked, the central pursuit of
personal comfort displaces our love for neighbor, and renders us less
compassionate and just. Thus love of neighbor needs to be a deliberate
commitment. Service learning trips and faith-based missions are used to
illustrate the different outcomes between an approach in which personal
comfort is protected, and an approach that allows for personal
discomfort.

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Published

2019-09-27