I like cozy. I like comfortable. I have to admit…I like my comfort zone. Comfort zone: a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress. Even the definition sounds nice. At ease, without stress. Isn’t that often our goal? Not only to create a comfort zone but to stay close to it. The busier our lives become and, ahem, the older we become, our comfort zone (whether loosely or clearly defined) becomes even more important. If you are like me, a comfort zone is framed by routine and familiarity keeps in defined.
And while there is certainly nothing wrong with routine or even activities and relationships that allow us to “feel safe and at ease,” our comfort zones can easily become stagnant and can cause us to become complacent, or satisfied with the status quo. This cannot be the goal for a Christian. God’s word is often encouraging each of us – exhorting us – to move forward. To consistently be making spiritual progress.
If we are to abound more and more….to grow spiritually and, ultimately, to become more like our Heavenly father….we have to live intentionally. Making purposeful choices – choosing what is best and denying ourselves whatever might be keeping us too settled in our comfort zone. Being intentional is key to abounding more and more.
Its Five Minute Friday and, yes, the prompt is intentional. As most often is the case, five minutes are up. However, knowing I want my life to be abounding – to be moving forward – in the Lord, and for the Lord, begs the question of how? What intentional choices can I make to help me do just that? I plan to look at that question, and some answers, more in my Tuesday post.