Get into the Zone

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”

– Proverbs 4:25,26

I’ve been sharing principles and encouraging you to finish well over the last few days. There are circumstances in life where many start, but only a few finish. As we fulfill different callings and assignments from the Lord, we may occasionally wonder “Why don’t we finish in life?” Well, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? It’s the dread of work that causes it. There’s a fear of failure, and there’s also the dread of having to repeat specific actions over and over. Yet the irony is that very often when you start an essay, a novel, a project, or a process, you get into the zone at some point. 

Getting into the zone is an amazing first step on your way to the finish line. You find that you are enjoying it very much. Getting into the zone is a great thing, but what can happen once you get there? Then interruptions occur: Someone knocks on the door, and you say, not now, I’m working! Or someone suggests watching TV or the sports championship game. Maybe your best friend wants to go shopping or your neighbor has an emergency at the last minute. It’s because you’re in the zone that your response is: No, no, no! I am in the zone right now! 

Friend, the irony is that, more often than not, the dread or fear of the work is the distress and can give rise to the agony. Consider this principle: dread or fear of suffering is often worse than suffering itself. Even so, this perceived fear doesn’t have to prevent you from getting into your sweet spot, where you can enjoy completing your tasks. Stay focused and finish well with the help of the Holy Spirit!

Prayer


Father, help me get into the zone and stay there to reach the finish line.

Reflection


What can you do to stay in the zone and enjoy your work?

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