We all do it in one area of life or another…whether it’s work, household chores, eating, or spiritual routines. For most of us life is about patterns and finding our groove as we navigate the daily demands placed on us. If we didn’t have routines, things would become chaotic and unmanageable…the problem comes when our routines get us stuck.
I’ve found myself getting in a few ruts lately, even getting to points where I’m bored and at a loss for something to do. That’s hard for me because I like to be busy and to feel productive. Western society in general is very fast paced and based on instant gratification, so it can be hard to feel satisfied when there’s not something going on, somewhere to go to, nothing to watch on TV, when we’re out of internet games to play, and everyone around us seems to be going a hundred miles an hour but your not.
As a nation and Christian’s in general, we have misplaced the fine art of stillness and being satisfied in the daily grind or routines of life. As a brief encouragement for myself and for anyone else dealing with these things, I wanted to turn to some gems I found in scripture that may help us find joy in the mundane and excitement in the ditches. Here’s some advice from our Father on how to grow and maintain a good outlook when the ruts of spirituality are deep and pace of life slow down…
- Choose what is better – Most of us know the story about Mary and Martha from Lk. 10:38-42, but the brief version is that Martha was preoccupied with things that didn’t matter and Mary wanted to sit at Jesus feet. When Martha became frustrated with Mary, Jesus said, to her “you are worried and upset about many things,but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
- Enjoy the still waters – Ps. 23 is so packed with amazing metaphors and encouragement for this life. As David penned it, he was probably sitting with his sheep in a pasture beside a quiet brook or stream. It reminded him that God wants to lead us beside still waters and into green pasture where things are calm and safe. We should enjoy those times, thank God for them, and relax a little because like a good friend of mine used to say, “if you’re not coming out of a storm, you’re heading into one.”
- Do everything for God’s glory – 1 Cor. 10:31 says, “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song called “Everything you do” based around this scripture and the idea of course is that nothing we do is unimportant or insignificant because all we do is supposed to be an act of worship to God. Even the mundane things of life are made fresh when we have the perspective that we are worshiping God in everything we do.
I read a great little book called “Practicing the presence of God” a few years ago and in it the author, Brother Lawrence says this, “Let us think often that our only busyness in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity. ” May this be our attitude and prayer in the daily grinds of life.
Grace be with you,