December 3, 2020 –
While eating breakfast at The End Zone restaurant, an idea popped into my mind. Eating here puts me into the zone, a mental state where I concentrate on eggs, bacon, grits, and nothing else.
I sit on my front porch early in the morning and watch the lawn sprinklers water the lawn. The spray and the sun’s rays shining through the droplets of water puts me into a mental state of mindfulness, unaware of any distracting activities—I’m in the zone.
Athletes use the term “in the zone” to describe the state of mind where they perform at peak performance. When Michael Jordan performed on the basketball court, people witnessed a player on the roll. In many games, Jordan was described as being in a state of consciousness where his skills allowed him to perform at unbelievable levels.
Biblical characters Enoch, Noah, and Levi lived in the zone because they walked with God. They ruled out the world’s distractions focusing on being obedient to God.
The spiritual zone requires an increased focus and attention, which allows for higher levels of compassion and self-giving. You reach the spiritual zone when you sincerely say, “Not my will, but Thine,” You are IN THE ZONE.
Today is the day to begin zoning. What do you do enter the spiritual zone?
- Being deeply immersed in God’s Word.
- Clear your mind. You can’t get in the flow if your attention is on getting rather than giving.
- Don’t get distracted. The world offers plenty of distractions.
- Meditate on the gifts of God.