I grew up in an environment where reading, or more accurately hearing a morning devotional read was a norm. I never saw the point. Words that were totally disconnected from the world I lived in over breakfast were not terribly meaningful. I wondered why. Did my parents to this because they felt obligated? Was it a routine designed to make me feel guilty? Why?
I have come to appreciate the intent even if I still wonder about the content. Life tends to get busy, even in the days before computers, mobiles, and the web. Reminding one’s self of the values and priorities one has is always a good idea. Watching for and remember when you see how God is at work is always good, especially when it is natural. Routines that bring both together are helpful. If they are not, in my experience they have the potential to be helpful.
The challenge is that life tends to overwhelm us; at least it does me. Deadlines, miss deliverables, and obligations demand to be my highest priority. Even if I have the energy and willingness to take the actions required, it is rarely automatic. It is easy to lose track of what one values the most.
I love reminders; David’s words are an example. “Every day I review the ways he [God] works; I try not to miss a trick.” (Psalm 18.22)
Whatever your routine – reading someone’s story of God at work, sharing the way we see Divinity in our lives, anything that creates space for God to touch your life – is a good idea. At least daily, more often is fine, is at the heart of staying focused.
I look back and see the routine at the breakfast table with an understanding that it was the first introduction to a habit that is important. I know I need to reconnect and align my soul. I know there is a gap in my life when I miss the appointment. I will continue to look for ways to hear God. Being open, taking time, is always a good thing.