For Christmas, my wife bought me a little gadget called a Fitbit, which I wear to measure key health categories: steps taken, floors climbed, distance walked, calories burned, water consumption, etc. When a category goal is reached, the color on my phone switches from orange to green, signifying a goal has been reached. I told my wife, “When I find myself close to a goal at the end of a day, I try to take extra steps to turn it ‘green’.”
I have realized something about myself: I like checking things off a list. I like seeing goals met. I like doing whatever I can to keep things moving forward. I try to work hard to reach goals that have been set.
There may be a danger in this spiritually: sometimes I get so busy doing that I might have a tendency to stop being. I read a warning from Jesus this morning. “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.'” Action is no substitute for relationship.
I know my tendencies; this is why I try to start each day spending time with Jesus. I know that if I want to do for him, I need to be with him. (I really enjoyed reading slowly through Matthew 7 today, listening to what Jesus said.)
I am looking forward to the year ahead! I’ve set goals and am working toward them personally and corporately as we start churches across Chicagoland. Most importantly, I want to be more like Jesus. And since we become like those we hang out with, I know who I need to spend time with each day. How about you?