Yesterday morning Cherry and I casually woke to begin another day; tired after being out at a play the night before, enjoying the quietness of a house without kids for a day. The morning routine fell into a traditional pattern for the first two hours. If I did not turn on the computer, I am sure that day would have gone on blissfully for hours! Our routines were on autopilot.
For reasons I do not understand, I had powered the computer up and left it alone. Wandering back in almost an hour later, I discovered the warning box of an auto routine to synchronize the computer’s clock with an atomic clock on the web; did I want to confirm the change for daylight savings? Say what?
The morning calm vaporized! Rushing for appointments that had already begun, tackling “to-do” items with new energy, and focused teamwork all became critical. Everything we did took on a new look. Our purpose changed, our intensity grew, and our sense of urgency continued unabated.
There are too many days when my routine does not grow because of what God has, is, and will continue to do. I find myself falling into old habits, even when I do not like them! It is as if I cannot fathom God actions so act as if they do not exist! I treat God as if he does not fit with living and reality. The oscillation between doing it on my own and pursuing God gets greater and more obvious as time goes on.
The fact is that I need to refresh my routines daily. I struggle to understand in my heart that God gives total victory of self-driven motives. The advice is there is I want to head it. “That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life.” (Romans 6.13)
Today is a fresh opportunity for a new routine. By God, I will take it!