I am a pretty spontaneous person. I don’t love the same-old-same-old, and to me variety and change are great! Even so, I am a creature of routines. And, I am aware that many of those routines can easily keep me from seeing and enjoying God’s simple gifts to be found along my daily path!
I’m curious just how some of my routines came to be. For example, how did I decide to always put my right sock and shoe on first – then the left? Does that help me function better? Probably. I do recognize some routines are valuable … like a regular bedtime and waking time to help me get a good start on the day. And, I know in my heart, if I was spontaneous all the time, I wouldn’t get much done. I would be flitting from one fun activity to another.
However, sometimes routines can become … well, just too routine! And, when I am in “routine mode,” I sometimes get irritated if the unexpected happens. I am more likely to let that color my day too.
Do you remember being a kid and just lying in the grass in the back yard staring at the clouds enjoying the different shapes they took? Maybe a ladybug would venture into your space – a tiny creature you wouldn’t otherwise have noticed? I have been challenging myself more and more to slow down, step out of my routines, and ask God for little daily adventures in seeing his gifts in the world, his creation. I long to savor the slow enough to thank him and jot down all I have to be grateful for … from my puppy’s wet kisses after tearing up my slipper to the singing of the birds outside my window in the morning!
I have also been asking God to help me see his world and the people in it through his eyes. I want my Father’s eyes so I know better how to be his hands, feet and voice in the world. I want to slow down to ask him to help me see others with his grace, compassion and love. I want to experience the joy he has in all he has made! – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist