Everybody has a Comfort Zone, a way of life in which we feel at ease. We get nervous when we are at an activity level or around people that we are not used to. Often, when we find ourselves in this position, we rapidly slink back into our comfort zone. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just proves we like to be comfortable. However, I believe it is detrimental to reside in a comfort zone spiritually.
There is nothing wrong with being content with our home, our possessions, and our financial standing. In fact: 1Timothy 6:8 tells us, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
However, when you become complacent about your prayer life, your Bible reading, your church attendance and your spiritual growth, it is time to move out of your comfort zone. If the focus of your life is only on material things I believe God places many of his blessings outside of our comfort zones, then asks us to come get them.
It is at this time of the year that we look to make resolutions (I like “goals” better). Maybe you have done so already. Maybe you have failed already. (I have heard that a New Year’s Resolution is a “to-do list for the first week of January.”) It is a dissatisfaction with where you are in your life that will lead you to improve your current condition.
Here is a S.M.A.R.T. way to make some goals for this year:
Specific: Be clear when setting your goal, do not be vague. A goal properly set is halfway reached.
Measurable: Set a goal that you can achieve in steps, and see victories along the way.
Attainable: Attainable but not easy. Keep your goals out of reach but not out of sight. The greater danger is not that your aim is too high and you miss it, but that it is too low and you reach it.
Relevant: Create a goal with importance and meaning, with eternal ramifications.
Time-bound: Commit to a deadline – Open-ended goals tend to go forgotten.
I hope this year will be one that stretches you to greater heights for God. If I may close with one final plea: Do not sacrifice the eternal on the altar of the temporary.Keep your focus on what is important in life, and there is nothing more important than your eternal soul. Jesus asked, in Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” That will give us a proper perspective on our Resolutions. Happy New Year!