Redefining Snooze

It may be one of the worst “innovations” of all time… the snooze button.

It’s amazing that virtually every alarm clock in the world has this puzzling feature:  a button which counteracts the very purpose it was designed for.  Think about it.  Imagine a car with a “get out and walk” switch on the dashboard.  Or refrigerator with a “keep warm” setting.

Despite the illogicality, many people love the snooze button. They set their alarm early so they can press snooze again and again… somehow often still not managing a punctual departure from the sheets.

It seems to me that an anti-snooze button makes way more sense… one that zaps you out of your stupor.  Or one that stops the alarm only momentarily, like those trick birthday candles that suddenly burst back into flames after being blown out.

As we head into 2017, it may sound a bit cliché to say we should avoid hitting the spiritual snooze button this coming year (although that’s never an outdated objective).  But let’s look at it another way.  Ask yourself:  “What did God design me to do in this world? What exactly is my purpose in advancing His Kingdom on earth?”

Now, do your plans for 2017 revolve around the answers to those questions?

New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise, or be a better ________ (fill in the blank) are all great.  But if we’re not particularly attentive to God’s plan and purpose, we’re just designing new snooze buttons for ourselves — and those will never be our best innovations.

Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

– Ron Reid

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About Ron Reid

Ron Reid is the son of Dave and Margie Reid. He has been involved full-time with Growing Christians Ministries since 1995, and took over as director in 2012. Ron and his wife, Erica, have two school-aged sons. He is also an active worship leader / guitarist, and a recording engineer for Christian music.