Routine Routines

There is a danger with some routines.  That danger is that they become, well too routine.  They become mindless things that we just go through the motions to complete.  Now with some routines this is perfectly fine.  My morning routine is one that I have on autopilot, which is exactly its purpose.  To make sure I accomplish all that needs to happen to get me out the door in a semi-comatose state until the coffee kicks in.

But there are other routines that I don’t want to check out during.  And that’s the danger of it becoming TOO routine.  For example, I sometimes have to be extra attentive while I listen to Daily Audio Bible in the morning.  I don’t want to check out and miss something I deem important.  I have to recognize when my mind starts to wander and bring it back.

Another area that could to being to routine is during prayer.  All too often if I rattle off a well-traveled prayer the sentiment and purpose is not behind it.  And God knows when our hearts aren’t in it.  He forgives but we are doing Him and ourselves a disservice just going through the motions.

Currently Brian is reading the book of Numbers which includes a lot of rituals and rules. One intention of these was to always keep the mind of the Israelites on God.  Not take Him and what He had done for them for granted.  I don’t ever want to take Jesus and what He has done for me for granted.  So some routines that I have implemented to focus on Him I want to keep focusing on Him.

The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
May Yahweh bless you and protect you; 
may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 
may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.
In this way they will pronounce My name over the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Numbers 6:22-27

 

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