Break Out Of The Routine
By Katrina Fuller
Has your life ever become just a routine for you?
You get up, wash up, brush your teeth and get dressed the same way every day. You get in the car at the same time with your kiddos, drop them off where they need to go, and head to work. You drink the same cup of coffee from the same place, and get to the work at the same time every day - and so on.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
This has happened to me before.
I've gotten into a pattern of just going through the motions before, and it seemed like the movie "Groundhog Day" on repeat.
Same stuff, different day.
The schedules we keep and the lives we lead can seem monotonous at times if we are lulled into not being present.
Recently, it dawned on me that when we aren't looking, we're missing out on the little blessings and opportunities God has placed in our midst.
Yesterday, was a pretty busy day.
I had several events to attend, and a lot of work to get done.
I found myself slipping into that frame of mind where everything was becoming a blurr and I wasn't actually living in the moment.
Out of the blue, someone at the one of the events I was at woke me up from my autopilot dze to remind me how good the Lord is and how much he has given me.
"You know, you get to do all of these things and be interconnected with the community. That's pretty cool," she said.
Suddenly, reawakened to life, I looked up from my notebook.
"Yeah, I'm really blessed," I said.
It's very easy in this day and age of quick-paced living and hectic schedules to get caught up in a fast-forward mindset.
But really, no day is exactly the same if we're paying attention.
God created us with a specific purpose in mind and laid out each of our days before us - how can we not count each and every one as an extraordinary occurance?
He knew us in the womb, and called to our hearts, inviting us to be one of his own.
David, aware of this, wrote a Psalm to thank God for his grace, compassion and guidance in the journey of life.
In Psalm 16:9-11, David points out that we are secure in the Lord and the path he has laid out before us.
"Therefore my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more."
In the story of David, as in the accounts of many people in the Bible, God called David for a specific purpose and David followed, becoming a man after God's own heart.
Like David, we too can recognize the fullness of joy and truly see the path of life that God has given to us - each and every day.
Break out of your routine, open your eyes and embrace the blessings that have been entrusted to you.
For as Christ says in Luke 12:37, "Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes."