Colossians 3:17 says And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
My word for 2015 is intentional, I want to be intentional in what I do, why I do it and to look back on this year and believe that I have made the most of each of my days. Over the past few years that has not been something I have done well and I want it changed. One of the things I have realized is that the kind of day I want is an Intentional Joyful Jesus focused day. The question is how? When I started writing on this topic I looked at being aimless and rote as well as anxious were often what my days were filled with. When I wrote the post on Rote Aimless Wandering what I noticed was that each word was the antonym of routine, purpose and journey.
I want you to pause and think about your morning, are there things that you do each day? What about at night before bed, do you have things that you do? For me one of the things I do in the morning is wake up when my husband gets up for work, get a cup of coffee and read my Bible. Usually this happens around when he heads off to work. The kids are sometimes up but not always.
It was not always like that. Sometimes I would get up and start my day, I dabbled quickly with my time with Jesus. It was not a priority. Often my day started with Facebook, e-mail, and work. I have learned that if I spend quality time with Jesus in prayer and reading the Word, my day is so much better. Do you know what makes the day better – its not that circumstances are necessarily any different than before, but my attitude and my focus is different because I have spent time with Jesus.
As I have been looking at routine, I struggle with how much routine is a good thing and when does it become bad. Lets continue to look at the example of my time with Jesus in the morning, the mornings I don’t go through a certain routine the time doesn’t seem as fruitful. The balance is to make sure I am not making it a task box I am checking off but reading, praying, journaling because the benefits of sitting with Jesus are worth the time and energy. I think when it comes to routine, why you are doing it matters.
My schedule also effects my focus, I want to make sure that I am accomplishing what I need to; I have the routine of looking at what I need to do for the day and then working to accomplish those items while remaining open to interruptions. It is easy to get caught up in the to do list or the schedule and miss Jesus walking with me and leading the way.
What is the difference between routine and rote? To me one of the main differences between the two is the thought that goes into it. Rote takes no thinking, you simply go through the motions without much thought. Websters 1828 dictionary defines routine as “any regular habit or practice not accommodated to circumstances.” What routine habits do you have in your day to make it what you would have it be?
Read my bible and journal (non-negotiable)
Review my schedule and schedule what needs to be done
Dinner with my family
Connect with my family
Review my goals for 2015 and work on them (this is a new one for me)
Play the piano
Spend time with my husband talking, relaxing together
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time as my husband
These are just a few and they all have very specific purposes and roles in my life. I try and have them be something I do routinely so that I stay focused and not distracted from intentionally focused on Jesus. So why do you have what you have on your list of routine things to do?
Purpose – is there a purpose behind the routine habits, the schedule and the choices we make ……
1828 Websters Dictionary
New King James Version Bible, Copyright 1996 Holman Bible Publishers and 1982 Thomas Nelson