Doing the same thing every day builds momentum for us and sets us up for either success or failure.
We see this work in our relationships, work and many other areas. If we make a habit out of not communicating with or showing affection to our spouse, eventually our relationship will dry up. If all we ever do at work is check Facebook, text and give less than half our effort, we’ll end up without a job. These are simple examples of a bad routine.
This most definitely applies in our relationship with our heavenly Father. We can allow ourselves to drift away from God when we don’t renew our minds in His Word, spend time with Him in prayer and neglect worshipping Him. We may not notice at first, but after one month, six months or even a year we’ll see that we haven’t grown and our hearts have turned colder toward Him.
This happens because people have a negative view of a routine.
We hear the word “routine” and automatically think “rut”, “monotony” or “boring”. While a daily routine has the ability to be all of those things, it certainly doesn’t have to be.
A routine that is founded on God’s vision for our lives is anything but boring. The problem we have is we allow our routine to choose us, instead of our choosing our routine. We let our jobs, entertainment and TV shows dictate the pace of our lives. As a result, we are bored because there is no life in our lives.
When the events of our day are shaped around God’s plan for us, He will bring color and light back to our lives.
We’ll leave behind the dullness of the world and start participating in the building of God’s kingdom.
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
It begins by discovering God’s vision for our lives and building our days around vision.
We have to commit to His plan and choose to do the things that move us toward the goal. There will be times when it seems monotonous and boring. We may even go through seasons where it seems like we’re not growing. In these times we only need to be patient and trust that God is working. Our daily walk with Him will always bear fruit. If we will wait to see what it is, we’ll never be disappointed.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NLT)