As followers of Jesus we need to be continually ‘following’ Him. Now, that may sound like a stupid comment because we are called followers because we follow. However, in my experience most believers are not moving forward but are in the same place spiritually, relationally, and mentally as they were yesterday, last week, last month, and last year. Most believers are not on a ‘journey with Jesus.’ They are simply maintaining what was and is as if that was the reason for being here and how to be a good Christian.
So, wrong. And, I would like to challenge you to make a substantial and foundational change today as your read this short blog.
It is obvious to see that we all tend to fall into one of four different zones when it comes to changing so we can better follow Jesus.
1> The Coasting Zone …. “I do as little as possible.”
2> The Comfort Zone …. “I do what I have always done.”
3> The Challenge Zone …. “I attempt to do what I haven’t done before.”
4> The Creative Zone …. “I attempt to think what I have never thought before.”
To which zone do you naturally gravitate? Do you tend to live in the coasting zone, casually – even passively – doing as little as possible? Do you tend to stay in the comfort zone, avoiding risks? Do you connect with the challenge zone, where you try new things and willingly risk failure? Or do you try to stretch yourself the furthest by living in the creative zone, where you explore new ideas, seek out other perspectives, try new things, and basically work at changing on a regular, even daily, basis?
The good news is that you have the ability to choose zone different from the one you would naturally tend to lean towards. And, of course, as a believer on a journey with Jesus, you should be living in the challenge zone which will lead you into the creative zone. If you are a Christian leader you absolutely need to be living in the creative zone.
Often what prevents believers from living in the challenge zone is that we tend to have a set of rules that we follow. Some of these rules are the result of our upbringing, some our religious tradition, some were given to us when we were first born again (read your Bible every day….) and some we have created ourselves to help us feel safe, secure, and comfortable. I like Thomas Edison’s quote: “There ain’t no rules around here! We are trying to accomplish something!”
So, for us to be challenged and creative we need to reduce the rules. Author Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Any fool can make a rule and every fool will mind it.” Creativity gets stifled when everyone expends too much energy worrying about following rules. Too many rules cause you to be less than challenged and thus not creative. General Douglas MacArthur said, “You are remembered for the rules you break.” I think that is so true.
So, be honest with yourself. Discover the zone that you are in on your journey with Jesus. And, then make some changes to break out of your zone and begin to move forward once again on your journey to wholeness and to discovering the real you.