ROUTINE or RUT-INE?

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Col. 3:23 NLT).

I’ve noticed when I allow myself to settle into comfortable patterns, I sometimes fall into ruts. My routine becomes “rut-tine” when I remove the “o” factor (“oh!”)

Schedules and parameters are vital for harmony. However, I live less enthusiastically when I’m bound, and sometimes gagged, by stringent boundaries that I establish for myself. My creative nature shrivels and my spirit withers under lethargic rubble.

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I was crafted to be colorful. My Creator continually wows me with new books, interactions, and ideas. What would life be like if I had the same conversation with the same person about the same topic every day? How would our world respond to year-round winter or constant wind?

I serve a creative God, so I believe He wants me to share His creativity through variety. His Word is eternally true, and He chooses assorted ways to present His standards. I’ve discovered that when I follow God, my routine is anything but routine. He won’t allow my routine to become rut-tine if I remain aware of His movements.

Paul tells us in Colossians that we are to work willingly at whatever we do. I am working for the One who made me. He designed us with complexity to work collectively. That intricacy allows me to handle life’s surprises when I’m willing to anticipate the “oh” factor. 

Lord, thank you for guidelines. Thank you for placing structure around our world. Urge me to expect the unexpected. Help me embrace change and teach me to work willingly with You so that my routine doesn’t become rut-ine..

Leaping from the lily pad of life, FROG paddling around the pond,

Christina