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Routine can feel wonderful, giving us a sense of life rhythm and pattern, a time for every thing we need to do. Routine also can become a vise choking out our life when we are not seeing a purpose in it. Any job we do, any routine we possess, no matter what it is, no matter even how “Godly” can become a rut such as that.
Today, January 2, most people who have outside jobs went back to work. Most students (except for college students) who go out to school, returned to school today. I am in a stage of life where I do not have an outside job, but do ministry work from home as well as out and about meeting with people. Still recovering from the flu/bronchitis so today was not a full/heavy duty return to my work, but it was a start.
Purpose. To glorify God. Okay. What if someone is tired of what they are doing, or has a very long commute to and from work, or faces intense stresses on the job, and can’t simply shake things up and change the situation, at least not right now. What then? Yes, purpose is to glorify God. But what about those moments when we know that but we as humans still struggle.
In my own life, I pray that God would bless my plans, my routine, how I go about that routine. But what if I prayed “Your will be done in my life” (Proverbs 19:21; Matthew 6:10.) How about God, please turn my eyes away from worthless pursuits, things that are wastes of time, energy, and do not glorify You (Psalm 119:37 [I like the wording in the Old Testament (ESV translation) but here Psalm 119:37 is also in the Tanakh]
When we shift the focus of our prayers from our will to His, things change because our perspective has changed. Our eyes start to open to new possibilities, even within the same routines or life. One of the expressions I am well known for is saying “Look Up!” That is a refocusing reminder to get my gaze off of myself, or off of my feet as they move, and up on to God.
Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.