Definition of routine
To a very structured, very organized person, like myself, a routine is one thing that I stand firm on. Give me a procedure to go by, tell me what steps needs to be taken and I will carry that out with great precision. I have my routine, I get up at 5:40, get on the computer for 20 min, shower, computer, dress, make up, do my hair and I’m off to whatever that days routine calls for. I don’t have stacks of mail sitting on my counter because I go through it as soon as it comes out of the mail box, trash or file cabinet. That’s just me. Very routine oriented. It simplifies my life by being on a routine and organized. Not much craziness going on here. But, a routine that is drawn with a very dark, deep line, not flexible is not a good thing. Our routine must include space, space for others.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
If my routine is so set in stone, what happens when the phone rings and a friend needs a listening ear? What happens when things break, that gift you ordered don’t arrive on time, a child gets sick and you can’t go to that gathering you looked forward to and that can go on and on. Because we live in a world with people. Do we leave space in our routine for others.
And then, Yes, there is GOD!
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Am I so focused on what I need to get accomplished that I don’t hear him? Hear His calling me. Feel the Holy Spirit tugging at my arm, pushing me. Am I aware that He is wanting to use me? And am I going to be available?
So a routine is good, great in fact, to streamline and simplify our lives but don’t miss out on life around you as you live your routine.
Lord, help me be focused but flexible! Love you and I’m grateful to you! Amen!